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Douglas Costa: I'd be really interested in joining Chelsea

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Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa has reiterated his desire to join Chelsea, citing the opportunity to work under Jose Mourinho as a reason to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian was heavily linked with a move to west London in January, but the Blues opted instead to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina with Mohamed Salah heading in the opposite direction.

However, Costa's aspirations to play in the Premier League remain undiminished, particularly after getting positive feedback from international team-mate Willian on what it's like to represent Chelsea.

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"I'd be really interested in moving to Chelsea – not only because everything Willian tells me about the club, but because I think that I'd be able to achieve everything I want having someone like Jose Mourinho by my side," he explained in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine.

"Since I left Brazil, I have worked with a marvellous coach [Mircea Lucescu] and got an idea of how much influence such a good professional can have in your football.

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"Now I think it's time to try a new philosophy and I'm sure that Mourinho's is the best around. He's always fighting for trophies."

Chelsea reportedly offered €20 million for Costa's services last winter, but with the 24-year-old's buyout clause currently standing at a mouthwatering €50 million that wasn't enough to tempt Shakhtar executives to cash-in on the attacking midfielder who's made almost 200 appearances for the Ukrainian outfit in his five years at the Donbass Arena.

Compared to Ronaldinho during his formative years as a professional footballer, the talented youngster is eager to try and replicate what the Brazilian football legend achieved during spells at illustrious clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan.

However, England's top-flight remains Costa's preferred destination when he finally secures a move away from Donetsk, hopefully not in the too distant future.

"Ronaldinho has always been my idol and it would be incredible to have the chance to emulate what he did for bigger teams," reflected the South American star. "I wouldn't think twice if a transfer proposal comes up.

"I wouldn't think twice if a transfer proposal comes up," - Douglas Costa

"I'd have the chance to play in the Premier League, the best league in the world. What really impresses me is that you never know which team will win – that's a factor that always keeps athletes motivated."

Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in acquiring Costa's services in the past, but based on his most recent comments it looks as though Chelsea is the only place for him.

Thierry Henry bid rejected

In other news, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has revealed that Chelsea made a surprise attempt to sign Gunners legend Thierry Henry when Roman Abramovich first arrived at the club in 2003.

The bid was flatly rejected by Arsene Wenger, though, with Keown stating there was never any doubt that the French striker would leave north London.

Raphael Varane bid

And finally, Jose Mourinho is ready to sanction a move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane after watching his side crumble defensively against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The France international is reportedly top of the Portuguese coach's transfer wish list when it comes to revamping his back-line, and the Blues hope the player's uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabeu will allow them to negotiate a summer deal.

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