Costa heading back to his boyhood club:
Douglas Costa is set to leave Juventus on loan for the second season running, this time in a shock return to his boyhood club Gremio. According to Brazilian outlet GloboEsporte, Gremio have sat down with Costa and agreed in principle a year-long loan for the 30-year-old winger, who has made just 11 appearances for Bayern Munich this season.
It is reported that Juventus will continue to pay one-third of Costa’s wages, rumoured to be £195,000 per week, for the duration of his stay in Brazil. The winger is currently sidelined for the foreseeable future with a hairline fracture in his right metatarsal.
Deal moving quickly:
Just last week, Gremio’s vice president Marcos Herrmann played down the possibility of a loan deal for Douglas Costa due to the fees involved, which he felt were impossible for Gremio to pay.
It would have made Costa the highest-paid member of the Gremio squad by a significant margin and was more than they deemed reasonable.
In the time since, however, the Brazilian winger has seemingly lowered his salary demands to make a move happen, whilst Juventus offering to pay one-third also helping ease the financial burden on the Brazilian side. It now seems a matter of when, not if, this deal will happen.
Heading Towards Crunch Time:
With just one year left on his deal in Turin, Juventus will have seen little to suggest that Costa deserves a new deal any time soon. Sidelined since February, Costa nevertheless failed to nail down a place in the Bayern first team, making just 11 appearances, and failing to complete 90 minutes once.
A single goal and just one assist in a side that has scored 92 goals so far this season is hardly noteworthy, and his position at Juventus was filled seamlessly by the trio of Dejan Kulusevski, Federico Bernardeschi and Federico Chiesa. With Costa in the latter stages of his career, it appears that the 29-year-old will be a free agent when he returns from his loan spell.
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