Arsenal are considering a €20million offer for Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Douglas Costa after the Brazilian forward made it very clear he is desperate to leave Ukraine this summer.
Costa has been with Shakhtar since 2010 and delivered a consistent level of performance that has attracted the interest of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur among others, but Metro believe that the Gunners are more likely to table a formal offer for the 23-year-old over the next few weeks.
Costa wants out
Arsenal have monitored Costa for some time but the goalposts have been moved in this transfer chase by continued unrest in Eastern Europe, with the star describing a return to Donetsk under current conditions as a "deadly risk" on his Instagram page earlier this week.
Costa was one of six Brazilians who refused to leave France for Ukraine ahead of Shakhtar's season opener last week, a tense stand-off which has not been eased by UEFA'S decision to move all of the team's competitive clashes to Lviv or Kiev for the time being.
Wenger keeps looking
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made a formal bid for Costa back in 2011 and is now thought to be hopeful that new interest will result in another major addition to his attacking option before the start of the season.
Shakhtar are under no financial obligation to sell, but are struggling to convince Costa that he should stick with a club he signed for back in 2010.
The time may be right to cash in and as a result Arsenal are continuing to monitor his situation very closely, believing that a bid of €20m (£15.8m) could add a star who is equally adept on either flank or in an advanced central position at a bargain price, all while United and Spurs maintain a watching brief.