Jose Mourinho has admitted that he knows Douglas Costa wants to join Chelsea, and is happy that the Brazilian has stated such publicly.
Only yesterday did 24-year-old Costa, currently playing for Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, confirm that it was a dream for him to play for the Blues, and Mourinho has surprisingly been fairly open about the whole thing, according to Goal.
The Special One was unreserved when he commented on the speculation caused over Costa’s comments, confirming that it was good news. It’s been claimed that Shakhtar have already rebuffed an offer worth £16 million from Chelsea for their forward’s services, and that they’re holding out for £30 million.
"I am always happy when a player tells us that he would like to play for my club," Mourinho said.
"I am always happy so the reaction for Douglas Costa is the reaction of being happy with his comments and every Douglas Costa in the world that would like to play for Chelsea ... these kind of feelings are always welcome."
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"I am always happy so the reaction for Douglas Costa is the reaction of being happy with his comments and every Douglas Costa in the world that would like to play for Chelsea"
Whether or not Costa, a former teammate for Blues star Willian, will end up at Stamford Bridge this month remains to be seen, but one thing that cannot be denied is that both parties - the player and his suitors - are interested in making a deal happen.
Though it’s unlikely the Blues will pay £30 million for a man who isn’t going to force the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian out of the starting lineup immediately, there could be an agreement to be made if Shakhtar lower their asking price. The Ukrainian outfit are known to be tough negotiators however, which could ultimately scupper arrangements.
Two players who could be moved on if Costa does arrive are Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah. Schurrle is wanted by various clubs around Europe, and Salah has struggled to convince Mourinho of his worth.