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Brazilian Midfielder Reveals Chelsea Tried To Sign Him In January

But the Blues opted for Juan Cuadrado instead…

Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Douglas Costa has revealed that Chelsea tried to sign him in the January transfer window.

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The Daily Express reports that Jose Mourinho had targeted the 24-year-old over the winter window but the Ukranian club wanted over €30 million for him.

Chelsea eventually signed Juan Curadrado from Fiorentina instead for over £26 million.

Costa has now confirmed that there was contact with the Blues but says that even though a move didn’t materialise, just being linked with a switch has motivated him to become a better player.

“Yes, I had a contact [with Chelsea] and the chance to work with a coach like Jose Mourinho always motivates a player,” said Costa to Goal.com, via Daily Express.

“I am very grateful for the kindness he showed with me.

“He is a very smart coach and who won [titles] wherever he has gone.”

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