Things are getting quite interesting when it comes to Juventus’ attempts to sign Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa. And I’m talking about the good kind of interesting, not the version where we’re sitting in front of our laptops muttering curse words to ourselves for the next 15-20 minutes endlessly.
Yes, good interesting.
According to multiple reports out of Italy late Monday night, Juventus and Bayern Munich are close — if not already there — on agreeing to a deal for the 26-year-old Costa. That involves Juventus director general Beppe Marotta heading out to Germany on Tuesday to try and close the deal with Bayern, who have obviously been a club he’s been in quite a bit of contact as of late.
Aside from Agresti, Gianluca Di Marzio is also reporting the same type of thing:
Juventus-Douglas Costa, a deal is in the pipeline. The agreement with Bayern Munich has practically been reached at this point and there are just a few minor details to discuss. The deal will be set at 46 million euros, a 6 million euros loan with a 40 million euros obligation to purchase. Marotta and Branchini will be in Munich tomorrow to formalize and if all goes as planned, the Brazilian will be in Turin on Wednesday for his medical visit.
I would like to think that if Beppe is flying out, he’s going to be there to get stuff done, not to swig a few brewskies and enjoy the summer days in Bavaria.
The loan-with-obligation-to-buy kind of deal is something we’ve heard about for the past few days. I would think that it not only works for Juventus’ financials this summer, but also allows them to try and bring in another big-name player — cough cough Federico Bernadeschi cough cough — within the next few weeks.
But to have one of the big signings done before the summer tour begins would be one hell of a way to get things going. Douglas Costa looks increasingly likely that he’ll be wearing biaconero next season, people. I know I’m usually somewhat skeptical when it comes to deals getting done, but with all signs on this pointing toward “YES!!!!” it’s hard not to get more than just a little pumped up about it.