Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Douglas Costa is a transfer target for Manchester City reports talkSPORT.
The 20-year-old Brazilian midfielder is regarded as a rising star in Ukraine, and has made a significant impact for Shakhtar in this season’s UEFA Champions League.
Having signed from his native side Gremio for £5m in January 2010, manager Mircea Lucescu has already admitted he may have to sell his star player with a number of top European clubs circling.
Douglas doesn’t appear to have been unsettled by continued speculation linking him with a move away, but that doesn’t guarantee the player hasn’t had his head turned by potential suitors, with the Citizens bitter Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United also reportedly interested in securing the player’s services.
Sir Alex Ferguson had shown an interest in bringing the player to Old Trafford following the long-term injury to Antonio Valencia, and the Red Devils could yet pursue the player if the Ecuadorian does not regain his previous good form.
Douglas’ European performances have been particularly eye-catching and he once again served notice of his talents with a wonderful goal against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico before following it up with an assist as Shakhtar clocked up a surprise 3-2 win in their Champions League last-16 first leg win.
Douglas has yet to be called up to the senior Brazil side but that could soon change should he secure a move to a higher profile league.
With Shakhtar bankrolled by billionaire businessman Rinat Akhmetov, the only sticking point could be the negotiation of a transfer fee with Manchester United unlikely to be willing to pay in excess of £15million.
That could pave the way for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini to proceed with primary talks on the basis that Eastlands owner Sheikh Mansour will be more willing to part with an over-inflated transfer fee.
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