Bargain €11m price tag emerges for Brazilian tipped for Leeds move

Date published: Thursday 4th March 2021 7:48 - Matthew Briggs

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Leeds United have been mooted as a possible destination for Brazil star Douglas Costa this summer, who could cost as little as €11m.

The 30-year-old winger is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Juventus, but has struggled to find match action. He has only played 11 of 23 Bundesliga games, never featuring for more than 68 minutes.

The winger is currently sidelined with a hairline fracture of his foot, which has seen him miss the last three games. And he seems likely to return to Turin this summer when he will have just 12 months remaining on his contract.

Juve also seem certain to offload the former Shakhtar Donetsk man and Leeds have been mentioned as potential suitors.

Fichajes have reported that Leeds are keen on Costa, amid claims he is on Marcelo Bielsa’s wanted list should they lose star man Raphinha. The latter joined Leeds in a £17m switch from Rennes last summer and has proved one of the bargains of the season.

He is being understood to be interesting a number of big clubs, including Liverpool.

AC Milan were also linked with a move for Costa during the January window. According to Calciomercato.com, the Rossoneri indirectly obtained information regarding the player and were ready to take action.

Bayern Munich however never considered the idea of ​terminating his loan early.

The same outlet though suggest that a possible solution could be a move to Leeds to link up with fellow South American Bielsa. Juventus expect to bank at least €11m from the sale of Costa this summer.

They claim his future will only be decided starting from July. In all probability, it will no longer be at Bayern Munich.

Leeds target keeper

Meanwhile, Leeds are reportedly planning an approach to sign one of LaLiga’s top goalkeepers as a replacement for Kiko Casilla.

The goalkeeper moved to Leeds 26 months ago in a high-profile signing from Real Madrid.

However, after a catalogue of errors, Casilla has lost his place this season to impressive young French youngster Illan Meslier.

A well-publicised ban for racist language has also not helped Casilla’s cause.

The 34-year-old has played three times for Leeds this season – with one of those appearances resulting in  a 3-0 FA Cup humilation at Crawley.

And as one of the club’s highest-paid stars, it would be no surprise to see him return to Spain. Casilla will have two years left on the four and a half year deal he signed at Elland Road. However, they could grant him a free transfer back to Spain were a suitor to come forward.

With that in mind, Todofijaches claims the Whites are on the trail of Alaves keeper Fernando Pacheco.

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