Football Direct News is reporting that Newcastle could be going after Shakhtar Donetsk winger Douglas Costa, and since the site is owned by Mike Ashley, maybe there may even be some truth in the report.
Douglas Costa – Brazilian U20 International winger
Costa began his career with Brazilian club Gremio, and he moved to Shakhtar in January of 2010 for a fee of £5M, and the Brazilian U20 International has been very successful in Ukraine.
There will be lots of wingers leaving Newcastle this summer, including Gutierrez, Marveaux and Obertan, and maybe even Ben Arfa so it’s not surprising that Newcastle are being linked with a winger.
And it seems that Costa could be a good player to come in for Ben Arfa, should Newcastle decide to sell the Frenchman in the summer, with just one year left on his contract.
And Direct News is quoting an insider as saying the following:
“We’ll probably have to sell before we can buy, and it’s possible that it’ll be Ben Arfa that makes way,” “Costa is a top talent and although there might be a lot of teams in for him, we’d be interested in trying to do a deal.”
The 5’7″ left footed winger has played 155 times for Shakhtar with 30 goals and 27 assists, and that’s not too bad a record, and he has played 12 times with 4 goals for the Brazilian U20 side.
However he would not come cheap in the transfer market, and is rated at around £10M by the web-site transfermarkt.com, which is twice the fee the Ukrainian club paid for him four years ago.
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