Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has admitted that he fully expects Brazilian playmaker Douglas Costa to move on before the transfer window slams shut, providing the perfect opportunity for Manchester United or Arsenal to turn long-term interest into a formal offer in the next fortnight.
Costa has been watched by both Premier League giants for some time thanks to four consistent seasons full of strong performances for Shakhtar, very much laying the foundations for Ukraine's most successful club in recent times to build a strong team based around imported Selecao stars.
The 23-year-old is rated at a whopping £40 million but a season-long loan deal looks far more likely given that hefty price tag, with Lucescu echoing that sentiment by conceding he expects movement in the very near future.
Lucescu is quoted by Metro as discussing Costa and a potential late summer switch in quite general terms, sharing: "I am sure that things will come to the fore in the next few weeks.
"For me, all the players are transferable for the right price. Every year, some players go and some players arrive.
"It’s normal that players will want to leave at some point."
Loan switch to Europe looks increasingly likely
Continued political unrest in Ukraine has made it very difficult for Shakhtar to persuade their best Brazilian players to return for the new domestic campaign, with Costa only featuring during one half of their opening four games this season.
Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in taking Costa on a season-long loan deal, with the prospect of adding flair, guile and potentially for the Gunners Champions League experience to their existing options.
There is plenty of genuine competition from elsewhere though, particularly from Monaco. The mega-rich Ligue 1 outfit have made a shocking start to the season and are now actively pursuing new lines of transfer enquiry.
AC Milan also remain interested in a cut-price loan deal, but Costa would definitely represent a gamble for any potential summer suitor if they win the race for his signature.
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