Newcastle United’s takeover is hanging in the balance, with a deal yet to be confirmed despite weeks upon weeks of talks.
There have been many bumps along the way, and it’s unclear whether the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund will be able to takeover the Magpies just yet.
That hasn’t stopped rumours about potential arrivals, with a whole host of big-name players, managers and directors all linked with the club.
One such name is Douglas Costa. The Brazilian winger has emerged as a Magpies target according to Tutto Juve, alongside teammates Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey.
This isn’t an impeccable source, but as a Juventus-based website, there could be some truth to the rumours – even with Newcastle’s takeover not yet done.
If true, Costa would be a big-name addition. Formerly of Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayern Munich, the speedy wide man is a box of tricks and has been a household name in Europe for years.
The Brazilian has hit nine goals and 18 assists in 90 games for Juventus, but Newcastle fans may not be too encouraged to hear his new comments about his fitness.
The 29-year-old has enjoyed many injury problems of late, with hamstring and bicep issues this season. Now, Costa has told The Players Tribune that he considered retirement, but his love of the game has kept him going.
“There are times when I think: ‘Can I still play?’” said Costa. “Because I go out on the pitch and get injured again. Then, when I watch it on TV, I remember this is my passion and that I can still play at a high level. This is what keeps me alive, I know football comes easy to me. It has nothing to do with money or being famous.”
“The point is to do what you enjoy and have fun doing it. That’s my objective. I joke with Alex Sandro that I’ve had more scans than I’ve played games,” he added.
As he approaches 30, recovery may become increasingly difficult for Costa. It would be a gamble for Newcastle to pay a big fee and wages given these comments, even with Costa’s desire to get back fully fit.