Brazilian playmaker Douglas Costa has opened the door to Manchester United just days after completing a move to Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 19-year-old signed for the Uefa Cup holders at the start of the January transfer window on a five-year deal, despite Manchester United tracking the player for over a year.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been a long-time admirer of Costa, with the Daily Mail reporting that United offered the youngster a three-week trial with the club in the summer.
That offer was declined, leaving United to question both the players desire and commitment to becoming a star on the European stage.
However, the move from Gremio to Ukrainian side Skakhtar shows that Costa is ready to make his mark on this continent, something scouts feel the player dubbed the ‘new Ronaldinho’ has promised for a long time.
Despite the lengthy size of contract, Costa himself wants to make a quick impression before moving on to better things.
“I won’t stay at Shakhtar for a lifetime,” said Costa before he left for the Ukraine.
“The plan is for this to be a stepping stone to reaching my goal, which is to play for a big club in Europe.”
Signed for £5.8 million, Donetsk now have eight Brazilians in their ranks as the club becomes a hot bed for South American talent.
And United won’t have long to witness the attacking midfielders talents, with Costa expected to make his debut against Fulham in the Europa League knock-out stages.
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