Douglas Costa is keen on leaving Shakhtar Donetsk to head to Stamford Bridge this January.
Reported Chelsea target Douglas Costa has pleaded with bosses at his current club, Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, not to price him out of a potential move to Stamford Bridge this January according to reports from the Mirror.
The report suggests that Shakhtar are demanding a fee of £30 million if they are to allow Costa to leave the club this month, making him even more expensive than Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado – the player that he is seemingly seen as a back up option to.
Colombian international Cuadrado’s release clause in Florence is £26.8m, a fee that Chelsea have so far proved unwilling to pay, but it is unikely that they would be willing to pay even more for Costa, a player who is unproven in a major European league.
Jose Mourinho will be well aware of the impact that Willian, a player who also cut his teeth with Shakhtar before heading to Stamford Bridge, has had since his arrival, however, and Costa is looking to engineer a move by asking the Ukrainian club to lower their demands.