Football is frozen; it has been since mid-March. No-one is sure when it will come back and what form this comeback will take. Gates are closed, turnstiles remain unturned and the terraces of all grounds are barren places. Yet, in some respects, football is still business as usual and part of that routine involves Leeds United and the transfer undertaking that will bring Helder Costa to Elland Road on a £15 million permanent deal.
The Whites are already indebted to pay this sum after agreeing to bring Costa in from Wolves this season on a loan deal, with an initial loan fee, before an obligation to turn the deal into a permanent one this summer with the remainder of the balance bringing the deal up to a £15 million fee.
It is thought that the paperwork is all in place that would see Costa become a permanent White under Bielsa after a first campaign at Elland Road that started slowly before clicking into a more consistent pace.
The former Benfica and Wolves flyer has featured in all of Leeds United’s 37 Sky Bet Championship games this season, one that has seen them enter the COVID-19 suspension on top of the Championship pile. After his slow start to the campaign, Costa has clicked into place and three goals and three assists ahead of the last nine games.
United fans are beginning to appreciate what the right-wing flyer is bringing to the table at the moment as he grows closer to the man who sparked and fired for Wolves when they first brought him over to English football from Portugal.
Should he continue to improve over the final nine-game sprint to what could well be a successful promotion campaign for Leeds United, then the scheduled summer payments to make up this £15 million deal will seem more like pocket change.