MANCHESTER CITY could be set to splash out £88million on Juventus winger Douglas Costa less than a week after he joined the Italians for £35m.
Costa spent last season on loan in Turin from Bayern Munich and the move was made permanent on Thursday, but Juventus may have made the move purely to secure a massive profit.
AFP or licensors Costa lifted the league and cup double in his season-long loan at Juve
Costa, 27, scored six times in 47 appearances at Juventus and could now become the latest addition to Pep Guardiola’s City empire, according to Italian outlet Sport Mediaset.
Guardiola has splashed out almost £450m in two seasons at the Premier League champions, including £94m on attacking midfielders Nolito, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva.
But despite a wealth of talent in the final third, Costa could become City’s first signing of the summer, rejoining the manager who paid £25m to bring him to Bayern from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015.
AFP The winger arrived in Europe with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010, joining in a £4.5m deal from Gremio
Costa will be in Russia on World Cup duty for the next few weeks, as his Brazil side take on Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica in Group E.
The winger has 25 caps to his name since making his debut for the Selecao in 2014, scoring three times.
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He would join a growing Brazilian contingent at the Etihad, alongside Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Danilo and Fernandinho, all of whom joined Costa in Tite’s 23-man squad for the tournament.
Leicester City‘s Riyad Mahrez is also being considered by Guardiola although he would also come at a hefty price, with a £75m fee being quoted.
REUTERS Costa was part of the Juventus side that knocked Tottenham out of the Champions League last season