With Leeds United’s Director of Football Victor Orta making no secret of the fact that Financial Fair Play bites all clubs in the second tier and echoing Andrea Radrizzani’s earlier comments about how it would be a difficult summer as we balanced books and didn’t overspend – the announcement of Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Helder Costa on Wednesday contained one detail that took me completely by surprise.
With it known that Leeds were taking a ‘loan approach’ to deals with Radz and Orta seeing that as the most cost effective way of gaining promotion without risking FFP complications, I always assumed given what seemed more sensible on the rumour mill that it would be a loan with an option of buying if promotion was attained.
Apparently not, as the Official Site confirmed yesterday when we announced his arrival.
The 25-year-old talent has signed a loan spell that automatically becomes permanent next summer and the ink is also dry on a four-year contract at Elland Road.
I know there’s plenty of criticism flying around for Radz given the sale of Jack Clarke, the presumed sales of Pontus Jansson and Kalvin Phillips, but if people wanted a statement, they’ve got it in my opinion.