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£6 million deal could get unwanted Leeds man off the books

Paul Robinson expects to see Helder Costa leave Leeds United permanently next year for a fee of around £6 million after the midfielder left for Valencia on-loan on transfer deadline day.

Costa rarely featured last season and had made just one substitute appearance this season before moving to Valencia.
The signing of Daniel James from Manchester United for a fee of around £25 million was expected to push Costa further down the pecking order, so Leeds acted just in time.

And, Paul Robinson believes Costa will leave for good next summer.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, he said: “I don’t think there was any surprise – we all knew that one was coming from the end of last season.

“I’m just surprised it took so long.

“I don’t think his performances were what they should have been last year and Leeds have improved the squad by signing James.”

Robinson also believed that double figures of millions would not be a realistic target, despite spending £16 million on the Portuguese winger.

“A fee will have been discussed but a lot will depend on his performances this season,”he added.

“If he plays well, there will be more suitors for him – there won’t just be Valencia.

“Leeds will be looking to recoup what they paid for him but I don’t think they’ve got any chance unless he has a really good season.

“They’ll want him off the books, they’ll want money for him but it all depends on how he performs this season.

“I think they’d want to get around £10million but realistically, it will probably be £6-8million with add-ons.

“If you look at the money in Europe at the moment, especially around La Liga, there’s not that much money there for players like Costa who’ve been in and out of a team and haven’t done it for a season.”

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