PSG are confident of securing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Douglas Costa despite reported interest from Arsenal and Manchester United, reports Le 10 Sport.
The Brazilian winger has been looking to leave Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict and political unrest. The contingent of Brazilian stars had threatened to boycott the club, but have since rescinded that threat.
However, Costa is still keen to leave the Donbass Arena and was attracting interest from both Arsenal and Manchester United in the summer transfer window. The Gunners were keen to take Costa on loan while Louis van Gaal considered a permanent deal.
Shakhtar managed to deter interest by refusing to lower their £40 million asking price and also rejected the idea of allowing him to leave on loan. Neither Arsene Wenger or Van Gaal were tempted into a concrete offer before the transfer window closed.
But with the new year creeping around the corner attentions are turning to Costa once again. The 24-year-old is still ready to jump at the chance to leave and PSG are the latest club to show an interest.
Their advantage over both Arsenal and Manchester United lies in the fact that Costa shares an agent with PSG stars David Luiz and Alex. The link to the player has left Laurent Blanc confident of a deal.
PSG's interest will come as bad news to Arsenal, who seemed the more interested of the two Premier League outfits. Wenger was looking to offload the high earning Lukas Podolski in the summer, but the serious injury sustained by Olivier Giroud forced him to abandon such a plan.
Costa would fit the mould of what Wenger wants from an Arsenal forward. He is dynamic, able to play across the forward line with pace and confidence. With Podolski playing a minimal role for Arsenal this season, a January move could still be on for the German.
Financial Fair Play
PSG will also have to consider their finances before making an offer. Uefa's FFP rules prevented the Parc des Princes outfit from signing Angel Di Maria, allowing Manchester United to swoop in. The same could be set to happen with Costa and any deal may have to be either in long installments or a loan with a view to a permanent deal.