Juventus closing in on wantaway Bayern Munich winger


Juventus are preparing a €45 million offer to Bayern Munich over the purchase of Brazilian winger Douglas Costa.

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Douglas Costa won the Ukrainian Premier League in five out of the six seasons he spent with Shakhtar Donetsk, and added a further three Ukrainian Cups and three Ukrainian Supercups before joining Bayern Munich in 2015

The player’s agent has met with Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta in Turin to discuss personal terms, with Bayern Munich reportedly asking for €50 million.

Juventus will hope their rapport with the Bavarian giants will help ease the deal, as the two clubs have seen Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman and Medhi Benatia move directly between clubs in the past few seasons.

Carlo Ancelotti is apparently willing to let the Brazilian leave, with the club disappointed with public comments made by the player in February regarding his situation at Bayern.

“I speak to the club often. We talk about my situation, if I’ll stay here or if I have to find another team to play for,” said Costa.

“I’m not always that happy here. But soon we will find a situation.”

Douglas Costa arrived at Bayern Munich in a €30 million deal from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015, and has won two Bundesliga titles, a German Cup and German Supercup in his two seasons in Germany.

He endured a stop-start 2016/17 campaign littered with injuries that limited him to just 14 Bundesliga starts, scoring four times and assisting three.

The return to form and fitness of Arjen Robben played a huge part in the 26-year-old’s peripheral role, as the Dutchman scored 13 times and assisted nine from his 26 league appearances.

Veteran winger Franck Ribery also went through a resurgence of sorts, starting 14 times in the Bundesliga, his most starts in the league since the 2013/14 campaign.


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