Based on who Juventus have been linked to over the last few months, I think it’s safe to say that identifying a playmaker or two on the wings is one of the club’s main objectives. At least that’s what the Italian press wants us to think, you know?
And they are continuing that trend as the summer transfer window’s official opening quickly approaches next month.
So let’s check out this report from Sky Sport Italia on Tuesday evening regarding the current state of Bayern Munich and Brazil winger Douglas Costa and his potential move to Juventus — something that seems to be gaining momentum over the last few days.
Douglas Costa gives his consent to join Juventus.
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Douglas Costa will make around 6 million euros a season
Hmmm, that’s a large chunk of change. Must mean a move to Juve is happening, right?
Juventus still has to get an agreement with Bayern Munich. This week, there will be direct contacts between Juventus and Bayern. The German club is seeking 50 million euros for the transfer fee. Juventus will start the negotiations with a bid of around 40 million euros.
See, this is the thing about players and a potential new club reportedly — or actually — agreeing to personal terms. It’s the easier of the two steps in the process. How many times have we heard of a player agreeing to personal terms yet his current and potential next club not being able to agree to a transfer fee?
For all we know, Juventus and Bayern could just split the difference of the asking price and the reported €40 million bid and have a €45 million fee agreed upon before we know it. But knowing that Douglas Costa was signed for around €30 million just last summer, it’s not like Bayern is simply going to hand him over for a small profit. He’s a wanted commodity, and they most certainly will know it.
Maybe the fact that these two clubs have done business in the not-so-distant past will help things out. Or maybe they won’t. Who knows. But this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Juventus’ reported pursuit of Douglas Costa. I feel pretty safe in saying that at this point.