According to a new report by Bild, Bayern Munich may try to go after Juventus winger Douglas Costa this winter. The Brazilian, who actually played for the club from 2015/16 to 2016/17, has a number of important supporters within the dressing room, who advocate for his return.
According to the report, Hansi Flick called together his “player council,” a team council consisting of the seniormost players in the squad. They are Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Thiago Alcantara, and Joshua Kimmich. Apparently, the players spoke in favor of adding new additions to the squad in both defense and attack, as well as recommending the signing of Costa.
It’s easy to see why this might be the case. Before Carlo arrived and ruined everything, Costa was having an incredible time at Bayern Munich. The speedy winger flourished under Pep Guardiola, helping Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller to some of their best-ever seasons, while playing a key role in big games such as the one against Juventus in 2016. With both Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman often injured, it’s easy to see why the squad leaders may want him back.
Bild mentions that only a loan deal would be an option this winter. That may be a bit optimistic on their part. Although Costa has been riddled with injuries since joining Juventus, he remains their only true winger. While coach Maurizio Sarri currently seems to prefer a front three of Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, and Cristiano Ronaldo (plus Aaron Ramsey on occasion), that could be liable to change, so it’s unlikely that the Italian giants would let Costa go to a direct European competitor.
What about the player himself? Well, Costa had a fraught relationship with Uli Hoeness in his last few months at Bayern, but Uli isn’t here anymore. The notion of coming back to Germany may appeal to him, if minutes at Juventus don’t seem forthcoming.
Whatever happens, it’s clear that the senior players know what type of signing they want Bayern Munich to make. Now it’s up to the bosses to decide if they want to deliver.