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Costa linked with Manchester United.
Costa linked with Manchester United..

Douglas Costa is attracting transfer interest from Manchester United, according to recent transfer speculation.

Premier League rivals Tottenham and Arsenal have already been linked with the Brazilian playmaker in recent days but, according to The Daily Star, the Red Devils are also eyeing his signature this summer.

The same reports suggest that Douglas' current employers - reigning Ukrainian Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk - have set his asking price at approximately £20 million, with the 23-year-old also said to be reluctant to return given the conflict that continues to rage in the area.

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Promising midfielder

Douglas had previously made quite a name for himself as a promising midfield talent with Shakhtar.

While he has never been rewarded with a senior international cap, the former Gremio starlet has played an instrumental role in the club's continued success under the management of revered Romanian Mircea Lucescu.

Quite whether he is what Manchester United need at present, however, is open to considerable debate.

There can surely be no doubt that his skill in possession and speed of thought would be useful to Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, but the Dutchman is already able to call upon a host of players - such as the likes of Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj - to occupy that attacking midfield role and adding another player of this nature for a relatively high price would surely just make things more difficult.

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Rival Premier League interest

If Van Gaal and Manchester United are intent on pressing ahead in an attempt to secure Douglas' signature, however, it is unlikely that they will be able to do so uncontested with two domestic rivals also believed to be keen on bringing him to England.

While Arsenal's recent capture of Chile attacker Alexis Sanchez from Catalan giants Barcelona has also reduced Arsene Wenger's need for attacking midfield recruits, Tottenham would appear in need of making immediate upgrades in that particular area.

New manager Mauricio Pochettino - who arrived at White Hart Lane in May having impressed during a short spell in charge at Southampton - is clearly keen to avoid a repeat of the hasty errors made by Tottenham last summer in the wake of Gareth Bale's world-record exit, yet the seemingly imminent departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson will leave him with ample opportunity to move for a fitting replacement.

Indeed whether any of Douglas' suitors - a list also believed to include AC Milan - will be willing to pay that aforementioned £20 million valuation is unclear. An initial loan move, if sanctioned by Shakhtar, may make more sense in the short-term.

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