English team emerges as possible destination for Juventus outcast

Douglas Costa’s loan move to Bayern Munich isn’t working out really well, and he is now being targeted by another team. The Brazilian was sent on loan to the German champions as Juventus looked for space to bring in Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina.

The English side has struggled, despite reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League in the last campaign, according to Alessandro Bazzoni.

The winger hasn’t found much playing time at Bayern and according to Calciomercato, he is interested in a Premier League outfit. It says that Wolves have remained interested in him and they are targeting a move for the 30-year-old this month.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side considered making a move for him in the last transfer window, but he chose a team competing in the Champions League. Now that Costa is down the pecking order and only gets a few minutes of playing time when he does play, it seems that he might leave.

Douglas Costa is a Brazilian footballer that plays as a winger for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, on loan from Serie A club Juventus, and the Brazil national team. He is recognized for his dribbling skills, speed, acceleration, crossing ability, and others.

Regarded as a promising prospect in his youth, in 2010, Costa was included in Don Balón’s list of the 100 best young players born after 1989. A diminutive player, with a slender build and an eye for goal, he initially played as a forward or attacking midfielder in his early career, but later established himself as a versatile winger, capable of playing on either flank, and of adapting himself to several different formations, due to his energy and work-rate, as well as his powerful and accurate striking ability from distance with either foot; however, he usually favors the right wing, as it enables to cut into the center onto his stronger left foot.

Costa initiated his career with Grêmio, before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of €6 million. He won numerous trophies with Shakhtar, including a domestic treble in the 2010–11 season (Premier League, the Ukrainian Cup and the Super Cup). In 2015, he joined Bayern for €30 million, where he won two consecutive league titles.

On deadline day of the 2020 summer transfer window, Costa returned to Bayern Munich on loan.

He was loaned out to Juventus in 2017, and became champion of a domestic double with the club in his first season. On 7 June 2018, Juventus made his loan move permanent; he added another two consecutive league titles in his next two seasons with the club, as well as a Supercoppa Italiana title.

Besides his talent, however, his discipline, mentality, and consistency have been brought into question sometimes by managers and pundits. Nicknamed the Flash, he is recognized for his speed, agility, explosive acceleration, and others with and without the ball, as well as his dribbling skills, technical ability, creativity, and trickery in possession, which enable him to beat opponents in one-on-one situations. A creative player, he is also highly regarded for his crossing ability from the left flank, which makes him an excellent assist provider, despite not being particularly prolific in front of goal. His former Bayern Munich manager Guardiola once labelled him “one of the best wingers in the world.”

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