Manchester United are ready to pay the huge £79million release clause in Douglas Costa’s Bayern Munich contract – should Juventus decide not to take up the option to sign the Brazilian permanently.
That’s according to The Sun in an exclusive. Juventus paid £7million up front to take the 27-year-old on loan last term, and they have an option in place to sign him for another £33million.
It’s clear United’s interest in the winger is extremely solid as they’re paid to pay double what Juventus would have to fork out to land Costa on a long-term basis.
Costa has been a standout performer for the Old Lady this term, helping his team to yet another Serie A title; staving off fierce competition from an ever-improving Napoli side.
One thing I do love about Costa is his versatility. The fact that he can play on both the left and right wings appeals to me, and if he did move to Old Trafford, you’d imagine he’d be getting the majority of his minutes out on the right as that’s where United have struggled.
I just don’t love the transfer fee, though. The Red Devils have also had rotten luck when signing South American footballers. I’d certainly be mindful of that before jumping into anything.