Leeds have landed a huge boost in our efforts to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Helder Costa this summer, as the Express & Star understand the 25-year-old has been transfer listed by his Molineux club.
They claim the Whites target will be allowed to leave the Black Country outfit over the next few weeks if the right offer comes in, amid mounting interest in his services.
Ivan Cavaleiro could also join costa heading through the Molineux exit door, as the Portuguese duo have both been deemed surplus to requirements after struggling for game time last season, with just four Premier League starts between them since Christmas.
Former Benfica winger Costa is thought to be one of three wide players Marcelo Bielsa is keen to add to his United squad this summer, having failed to secure promotion during his first season at the helm while the lack of strength out wide clearly held us back.
Whites chiefs have been concerned that the Molineux outfit could price us out of a deal, though, as we would be looking to sign him on loan, whereas Wolves broke their transfer record at the time to sign the 25-year-old for £13million.
However, Wolves would be open to loaning Costa to us for the season so long as Cavaleiro is sold, as they would oppose loaning both players out as they are looking to raise funds to complete a move for Liverpool’s Rafael Camacho ahead of next season’s berth in the Europa League.
If we are to sign Costa, then, we may have to hope Fulham, Huddersfield or one of the range of sides said to be interested in Cavaleiro are willing to take the 25-year-old on a permanent deal, as we would otherwise face the same obstacles the club have been fearing when it comes to Wolves’ valuation of one of Bielsa’s targets.
Club Chairman Andrea Radrizzani has already hinted we will be looking to utilise the loan market this summer, rather than complete permanent deals, too, which could prove problematic to signing Costa.