Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla has claimed that Wolverhampton Wanderers have tabled an offer to sign Juventus winger Douglas Costa, while Leeds United are also keen on landing the Brazilian speed machine.
Costa, 30, has fallen down the pecking order at Juventus and has only been afforded substitute appearances in the old Lady’s first two league games under Andrea Pirlo. He has entered the final two years of his contract at Juventus.
The 31-time Brazil international has won three Serie A titles during his time at Juventus, clocking up 103 appearances in all competitions – scoring 10 and creating 21 assists. It remains to be seen how much he would cost, given he cost £35million (BR).
The report states Wolves have made an offer to sign Costa, while Leeds are also interested but are currently ‘cold’ in their pursuit of Costa – while Manchester United have also shown interest, but are currently pursuing other targets.
TBR’s view – Costa is good, but is he past his best?
Costa is a stunning player who is capable of magic on his day. Combining that with enormous experience and a winning mentality that has seen him win 10 league titles with Juve, Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk, he is a brilliant player.
A solid signing for any Premier League club, let alone Leeds or Wolves. But has the Brazilian surpassed his peak – given he has fallen down the pecking order and out of the starting eleven? He is likely to be supremely expensive, both fee and wages.
Leeds and Wolves – and any other sides – must consider if he is still a world beater, or too expensive.