Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu has stressed that the club want to keep star man Douglas Costa, but admitted that his hand could be forced if the right offer came in.
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has admitted that Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa could leave the club this summer, in the wake of reported interest from both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Costa is one of 14 Brazilians in the Shakhtar squad at present, having scored 33 goals in 170 total appearances since signing from Gremio in 2010, with the Ukrainian outfit said to have beaten both United and Chelsea to his signature.
However, the current political unrest in Ukraine has seen several of the club’s South American stars refuse to return this summer, with the 23-year-old playmaker among those said to be attempting to engineer a move from the Dombass Arena.
Shakhtar, who have offloaded the likes of Fernandinho and Willian to the Premier League in the recent past, remain reluctant to part with their Brazilian contingent, but manager Lucescu admits that their hand could be forced when it comes to coveted duo Costa and defensive midfielder Fernando.
‘Everyone talks, everyone writes, but the truth is that so far there is nothing,’ he told Tuttomercatoweb.com.
‘However, I am sure that things will come out in the next few days, that the final transfers will be made.
‘I speak in general and I repeat that, for me, all players are transferable. In the past I have allowed players like Fernandinho and Willian to go.
‘Douglas Costa and Fernando are important players for me. If we keep them it will be a good thing, but I know that sooner or later they will leave.’
Capable of filling in on either flank, reports have stated that Costa’s services could command a fee of up to £40 million, which would match his release clause, with a loan deal almost mentioned as a possible option whilst the conflict in Ukraine continues.
With AC Milan another club said to be in the running for the former under-20 international, it remains to be seen whether Arsenal or United will follow up with a serious bid, but his obvious talent and pace would make him an exciting addition for either side.