Old Trafford scouts look set to take a look at long-term target Douglas Costa when his side Shakhtar take on Arsenal in the Champions League.
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Shakhtar Donetsk’s brilliant Brazilian Douglas Costa should recover from a thigh injury to join Eduardo da Silva’s return to Arsenal in the Champions League.
Midfielder Costa has been on Manchester United’s radar since coming through the ranks at Gremio and he has excelled for the Ukrainian champions this season.
The 20-year-old was taken off on stretcher with a suspected thigh tear during Shakhtar’s 2-0 win against Dynamo Kiev on Sunday, but scans show it was just a strain.
Boss Mircea Lucescu expects to have Costa back in time for the Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium on October 19, when United could take the opportunity of having another look at the Brazil Under 20 international.
United first showed interest two years ago but Gremio’s high price tag and the player’s reported off-the-pitch behaviour raised concerns and Shakhtar signed him for £5.4m in January.
After being introduced gradually, he scored a flurry of goals at the end of last season and has become a regular starter on the wing this term. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United may regret not snapping up the talented Douglas Costa before he moved to Shakhtar for just over £5million. The player has been in fantastic form for the club in recent months and looks as if he may go on to become a real superstar.
With Sir Alex Ferguson’s strict policy of buying younger players, the move seemed to make sense, and now it appears that he will send his scouts to take another look at the Brazilian Under-20 international.
The tricky winger possesses bags of pace, as well as an eye for goal, as can be seen in the following video: