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Douglas Costa might go from Bayern Munich to...Mexico?

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Preliminary talks are reportedly underway with a familiar club.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Tigres UANL - FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 Photo by Simon Holmes - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

It’s no secret that Douglas Costa’s future lies outside the friendly confines of his current Bayern Munich home. As the games pass by on a mostly forgettable loan spell to the club that saw him make a name for himself, thoughts inevitably turn towards the future which is looking increasingly bleak for his chances at playing meaningful minutes in European top flight soccer. Costa is almost certainly not going to be offered a contract by Bayern upon the season’s completion and now, it looks like he might not have a home in Turin either.

With Juventus looking to sell, there don’t appear to be a lot of takers for a winger on the wrong side of 30 who has seen his minutes and productivity sharply decline. According to his agent, two clubs have shown interest and both happen to be on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Abendzeitung captured a report from Sky Sports indicating that the club that has expressed the most interest in Costa is UANL Tigres — a figurative powerhouse in Liga MX. The current CONCACAF Champions League title holders and FIFA Club World Cup runners up (where they gave Bayern a run for their money) are in an intriguing position. Liga MX, historically, has been dominated by clubs like Chivas or Club America, but Tigres have been making a name for themselves in the last five years.

Getting a player of Costa’s caliber could bolster them not only in the league standings, but also from a PR perspective. However, as with most things in life, the sticky wicket that could hold this all up is money. Specifically, Costa’s wages. It’s one of the reasons Juve want to jettison him, and is no doubt a reason why he can’t find too many suitors in the Big Four leagues in Europe. But if he is willing to take a pay cut, and Juve are willing to grant him his release (it’s doubtful Tigres would be willing to shell out a hefty transfer fee), those of us in North America could get to see Dougie continue to ply his trade in a very competitive and fun to watch league.