Juventus has announced the signing of Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich in an official press release. The club was unusually candid about the sums involved in the deal:
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with FC Bayern München AG for the temporary acquisition, until 30 June 2018, of the registration rights of the player Douglas Costa de Souza has been finalised for a consideration of € 6 million to be paid within seven days of the FIGC registration execution.
The agreement also provides Juventus the option right, to be exercised before 30 June 2018, for the definitive acquisition of the player at a price of € 40 million to be paid in two financial years. The consideration may increase of € 1 million on achieving given conditions in the course of the duration of the contract.
The move itself was hardly a secret, considering the publicity that Costa received yesterday upon his arrival in Torino.
The transfer was originally reported to have been a loan with an obligation to buy. However, the deal actually gives Juventus the option to buy Costa at the end of the one-year loan period. That leaves the door open, at least hypothetically, to Costa’s return to Munich, however unlikely that may seem. His ostensible successor, James Rodriguez, is already wearing his former jersey number.