Arsenal And Tottenham Face Competition For Brazilian Playmaker

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Milan are also interested in Shakhtar’s Douglas.

The race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Douglas Costa has taken a new twist as AC Milan join Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the hunt, reports Inside Futbol.

The 23-year-old is one of a number of players who has refused to return to pre-season training due to unrest in Ukraine, although some are claiming the Brazilian is using this as an excuse.

Shakhtar have already moved their training camp to the country’s capital Kiev, whilst their home matches will be played in Lviv – over 600 miles away from Donetsk.

The winger is being monitored by North London rivals the Gunners and Spurs, who are both considering adding another winger to their ranks before the transfer window shuts.

However, they face competition from Serie A with newly appointed Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi understood to be a keen admirer of the South American.

Currently Shakhtar are unwilling to sell though and the ball is in their court with Costa contracted with the Ukrainian champions until 2018.

The Brazilian joined the club from Gremio in the summer of 2010 and has since played 169 times for them in all competitions, winning five league titles during that time.

Costa predominantly plays on the right wing, but is equally adept on the left or through the middle and last season scored seven goals and provided 14 assists.

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