Report: Chelsea launch bid for Shakhtar star Douglas Costa

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Chelsea are understood to have made a move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Douglas Costa, as their pursuit of Juan Cuadrado hits a snag.

Chelsea have launched a £16 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Douglas Costa, according to the Daily Mail.

The move is said to have come as Fiorentina continue to stand firm in their valuation of Juan Cuadrado, with the Blues now unsure over whether a deal for the Colombian winger can be reached in the coming weeks.

Costa, 24, has in fact long-been linked to Chelsea, with the Guardian reporting the club’s interest in his signature before the then-teenager made the €6 million move to Ukraine in 2010.

The Brazil international would go on to line up alongside current Stamford Bridge star and compatriot Willian at Shakhtar, and has since recorded an impressive 35 goals and 38 assists in 186 total appearances.

Costa was also transfer target for Manchester United, Arsenal and AC Milan in the summer, according Sky Sports, having been one of several of Shakhtar’s Brazilian contingent to refuse to return to Ukraine amid the political unrest.

While Shakhtar were able to hold off interest, it’s now believed that a £16 million bid would be enough to land his services this month, with his Portuguese passport negating the need for a work permit.

His potential arrival could well mean that both Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah are pushed out of the exit door in the near future, with both wide men linked with moves in recent weeks.

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