It was announced on Wednesday that, after speculation that Bayern Munich midfielder Douglas Costa had approved a move to Juventus FC, a deal had finally been struck between the two clubs.
Costa is headed to Juventus on a one-year loan from Bayern, with the Italian side paying €6 million for the loan this season. The loan transfer includes a buy option for next year, though, with a €40 million price tag if Juventus wants to make the shift permanent.
Costa is currently on his way to Turin to undergo his medical ahead of the move, but everything is expected to clear before the week is over.
Although Costa is a fairly new arrival for Bayern themselves, a series of injuries created a bit of a fallout between the Brazilian winger and the German side. He found himself pushed down the depth chart with increasing frequency, and the arrival of James Rodriguez this week all but created the perfect situation to send him somewhere he’ll have more opportunity.
If there’s a perfect place for that, though, it’s Juventus. The club is lacking options on the wing, so a starting spot is Costa’s to lose – unlike his situation in Munich, where an increasing number of rising stars were giving him fight for a spot that he had thought he had in the bag.
Add in that it’s a virtually risk-free option for Juventus via inexpensive loan and then a potential buy-in option, and the deal works well for both sides involved.