Leeds United winger Helder Costa is unlikely to leave the club imminently.
That’s according to Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross, who does admit that there is still plenty of time in the window for that situation to change.
Costa is one of those whose future at Leeds has been the subject of some speculation recently.
The winger has not quite made the expected impact since joining from Wolves in 2019, and made just 13 starts in the Premier League last season.
It was reported by The Athletic earlier this month that clubs in Spain are interested in a move for Costa, potentially offering him an exit route at over Elland Road.
However, it appears that is not one that Costa looks set to take in the immediate future, judging by these comments from Cross.
Providing an update on the 27-year-old’s situation, Cross told The Blue White and Yellow Podcast: “I think we can all agree he’s not quite worked out the way we wanted him to for that kind of money; he has moved for a lot of money whilst they’re still in the Championship. There were flashes in that first season.
“We’ll see, he’s in pre-season, he’s at Thorp Arch, he’s in West Yorkshire, it’s not like he’s sat in a departure lounge waiting for anything to happen, but we know it’s still a pretty long window, still got five weeks of the window left, it does stretch on well into the season, so things can change and do change quite quickly as we saw with Raphinha – and if somebody like a Noa Lang suddenly becomes available late on in the window, then who knows how quickly Costa could be moved on.”
I do think this could be one to keep an eye on over the course of the summer.
Costa has never quite settled at Elland Road, so he is a player you feel they could cope without if neccessary.
Indeed, given Leeds have been linked with a number of wingers this summer, it might not be a huge surprise if they were to look to move Costa out, to make room for a new signing in that position.
With plenty of time remaining on his contract as well, Leeds could still be in a position to demand a decent fee for him, meaning this could make sense from a financial perspective too.