Manchester United are preparing a mega bid to sign Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa this summer. According to recent reports, the Red Devils are looking to secure the signature of the Brazilian midfielder during this summer transfer period. It has already been claimed that Juventus has agreed on a fee of £33m for the 27-year-old’s services. However, the Italians are currently looking to strengthen other areas of their squad with some sources also stating that United are ready to snap him up should Juventus decide to opt against signing him.
Costa joined the Serie A giants from Munich last summer and has been one of the standout performances under Max Allegri during the course of last season. Juve initially paid a loan fee of £7m up front and agreed on a £33m fee to make his transfer permanent. It is expected that they will honour that agreement but in case they choose not to sign Costa this summer, Mourinho’s United are ready to offer the midfielder a route into English football.
Recent reports suggest that the Red Devils are willing to match Bayern’s asking price which could be double of what the Germans agreed with Juve last summer. It is believed that the chance of Costa making a move to Old Trafford stands at 40% with Juventus still expected to complete a move for the Brazilian international.
The Reds of Manchester failed to win any silverware this season and had to settle for a runners-up place in the English top-flight. Mourinho needs to build a squad capable of challenging on all fronts next term so he needs to recruit wisely during this ongoing transfer period.
The potential acquisition of Costa will undoubtedly bolster Mourinho’s midfield options at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have an array of talented wingers such as Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata competing for a starting berth in Mourinho’s senior team. The addition of a player of Costa’s talents will definitely strengthen the United midfield and add more competition for places within Mourinho’s squad.
The 27-year-old speedster had featured in 47 matches for Juventus last season, scoring 6 goals while creating 14 assists in all competitions. At 27, the Brazilian maestro has his peak years ahead of him which the Manchester outfit could look to utilise in the years to come. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Costa and whether United are successful in bringing him to Old Trafford this summer.