Over the last few days there have been whispers of Arsenal’s interest in Brazilian forward Douglas Costa, now according to reports the club is looking to firm up that interest by making a bid of £15.8 million for the Shakhtar Donetsk forward who has the capacity to play anywhere across the forward line.
The 24 year old Douglas Costa was the subject of interest from Arsenal in 2011 after his fine start to life in Ukraine having swapped Gremio in Brazil for Shakhtar Donetsk in January, 2010. A move that has yielded success in many ways as he has won eight major trophies with the Ukrainian club.
The future of Douglas Costa has been thrown into doubt following his refusal to return to pre season training in Ukraine as a result of the civil unrest currently affecting the country. As a result Arsenal is trying to steal a match on the situation by testing the resolve of the Ukrainian champions to keep one of their priced assets.
The conditions at the Donbass region in Ukraine where Shakhtar Donetsk is based meant the club has relocated hundreds of miles away to Lyiv. And that is where they are expected to play in the coming season. But the Brazilian contingent which Douglas Costa is part is not having any of that preferring to stay away from the country altogether, rather than move to the new base.
What does this move tells of Arsene Wenger?
Arsenal’s need for a more re enforcement upfront and a need to have more versatility up top must have informed the manager’s interest in Douglas Costa. Arsene Wenger is firmly of the believe that the best forward in the game comes from South America. And the number of South American players that have been linked to the club is testament to that fact. Besides the signing of Alexis Sanchez further strengthens the manager’s stands.
Whatever the case when it comes to the transfer market, there are always media spot light on a particular player at a certain time, and one thing is clear within those spot light, is that there is snippet of interest from the club when such spot light becomes regular.
This is without saying that there are no interest that are firmed up the by media, the veracity of which can only be ascertained when the story is either confirmed or dismissed as the case may be.