Brazil star Douglas Costa to seal Juventus move
TURIN- Brazilian international Douglas Costa is on the verge of sealing a permanent move to Italian champions Juventus after he landed in Tuscany ahead of an expected move to the Bianconeri.
The 26-year-old Brazilian winger spent last season at Bayern Munich, but fell out of favour with Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti and started just 14 games. Following the arrival of Colombian winger James Rodriguez at the Allianz Arena, Costa became surplus to requirements and consequently requested a transfer away from the German giants.
It is widely reported that Juventus have signed the winger on an initial 5.6 million euro year-long loan deal with a 39.3 million obligation to buy clause which would be triggered next summer.
The same terms were used by Juve boss Max Allegri to buy Costa’s former Bayern teammate Mehdi Benatia in May.
The Brazilian was greeted at the airport by Juventus officials, who posted a video of his arrival to social media with the messages of “Welcome Costa.”
Bayern chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenige, all but confirmed the transfer earlier in the week. Speaking at a press conference he revealed, “the player has informed us he would like to move and we have then taken up talks according to his wishes” before adding “but let there be no two ways about it: there is a fee and, if this fee is reached, we are ready not only to consider it but also to finalise it.”
The Brazilian is set to undergo a medical in Turin on Wednesday before being officially unveiled as a Juventus player.
The move will be the club’s second signing of the season, following the arrival of Partik Schick from Sampdoria.