Emirates boss to battle Old Trafford counterpart in fight for young Brazilian.
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Former Gremio and current Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Douglas Costa has been the subject of Sir Alex Ferguson’s interest for sometime now, but the Manchester United gaffer fears Arsenal may try to intervene with Arsene Wenger also thinking high of the 20 year old lad.
Shakhtar had only signed Costa from Gremio last January, and despite Sir Alex reportedly following his progress, it looks like the Old Trafford supremo wanted to see if he will adapt to life in Europe before he made his move, but Fergie may now live to regret not having moved faster if his worries should materialize and Wenger indeed does his usual thing of attracting young players.
Shakhtar are due to play the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium in 10 days time in the group stage of the Champions League, and 2 weeks later in Ukraine, and. Fergie fears if the player impresses Wenger the Frenchman may take the initiative to sign him for his side. (Footylatest)
Arsene Wenger seems to be a big fan of 20 year old Douglas Costa but one wonders just whether the north London side needs another attack minded midfielder? The Shakhtar Donetsk man has apparently impressed both the Arsenal boss and Sir Alex Ferguson to such an extent that a bidding war may well ensue in the hunt for the promising young Brazilian.
The former Gremio has taken well to the Ukrainian league but clearly a jump up to the higher echelons of the Premier League may be a different kettle of fish all together but nonetheless the Under 20 international has clearly shown enough potential during his ten months at Shakhtar to make many believe he has a bright future.
Offers for Douglas Costa would have to be in the region of £10m before Mircea Lucescu’s side consider selling a player who has helped the club to one title and to the top of the table this season.