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Are Leeds United going to become the next mega-force in world football?

Signing Helder Costa from Wolves has been on the agenda for Leeds United for weeks now, with most believing that only a season-long loan deal for the Portuguese International winger would be a possibility.

However, when the deal was finally announced yesterday, a certain element had Leeds fans scratching their heads in wonderment, especially given Andrea Radrizzani mentioned, earlier this summer, that it would be a “difficult summer”.

Victor Orta Director of Football at Leeds United and Andrea Radrizzani owner of Leeds United chatting during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Utd and Leeds United at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England on 10 February 2018. Picture by Paul Thompson.

The initial deal for Costa (25) was a season-long loan, but, Leeds United have committed to signing the winger permanently next summer, for a fee believed to be £15m including add-ons and a loan fee. This would be their largest single transfer fee since 2001 (Rio Ferdinand, £18m, from West Ham).

You would forgive any fan for questioning the means in which the club have to commit to such a deal, given earlier comments by the owner, so are Leeds going “all in” for promotion in order to finance the deal, or… do the owner have an ace up his sleeve?

The Middle-Eastern Investment company QSI (Qatar Sports Investment), who own PSG, are said to be hugely interested in buying Leeds United outright and are close to finalising a deal, as reported by L’EQUIPE, which would make The Whites one of the richest clubs in world football.

Does the deal for Helder Costa signify that there may actually be some beef in this rumour or is it just a case of adding two and two together and coming up with five?

One thing is for certain though, Leeds are going places this season, whether they are gambling on promotion or whether QSI are, in fact, due to invest heavily, Leeds are going for it.

It’s going to be some season for Whites fans around the world, if you’re a Leeds fan, are you excited?

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