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Liverpool and Chelsea face competition from European giants for Brazil star

Bayern Munich have joined the race for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Douglas Costa and are keeping tabs on the Brazil international.

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The Selecao star has already caught the eye of Premier League pair Liverpool and Chelsea, with both domestic heavyweights linked with a summer move for the 24-year-old.

Paris Saint-Germain are also in the race for the Ukraine-based star as they look to bring more star power to the Parc des Princes according to Le 10 Sports.

The reigning French champions’ desire to reinforce their options this summer are compromised by Financial Fair Play, which has forced Laurent Blanc to recalibrate his off-season ambitions.

The French source understand that the Ukraine giants would be looking for €40 million for the offensive star, a fee that would be within PSG’s summer spending power. The capital club, however, are unwilling to dispense more than €20 million for the dribbling star, who is yet to prove himself in one of Europe’s major leagues.

The Brazilian would be a youthful alternative to Ezequiel Lavezzi, who has been linked with a move away from the club, and PSG may yet make a bid.

Bayern Munich, according to Sky Italia [Goal], are also keen on the player, and may be in a position to outbid PSG.

Douglas would represent a younger alternative for the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, and would allow Pep Guardiola to freshen up his forward line, while also acquiring a player who he can develop and help maximise his talents.

According to the Metro, Liverpool are planning a £20 million bid for the attacking midfielder, with Brendan Rodgers keen to add to his growing stable of Brazilian talents.

Jose Mourinho, however, may have the last laugh, and ought to be encouraged by Douglas’s comments fuelling rumours of a summer switch to Stamford Bridge [Metro].

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