Bayern Munich have reportedly made their first big move of the summer. Sport1 and kicker are reporting the Rekordmeister is on the verge of transferring Shakhtar Donetsk winger Douglas Costa to Munich.
Reports earlier this week suggested Bayern manager Pep Guardiola was in Chile watching Douglas Costa play for Brazil in the Copa America. Sport1 believes the verbal agreement Bayern reached with Shakhtar is for a €35 million fee (the third-largest fee in club history), the 24-year-old expected to sign a four-year contract. Kicker is reporting only details remain to make the transfer complete.
Douglas Costa is part of the giant Brazilian presence at the Ukrainian club. He moved from Brazilian side Grêmio in the summer of 2010, playing right away under tenured manager Mircea Lucescu. Now a more developed winger, Douglas Costa was drawing clubs to Shakhtar's doorstep, including Chelsea as recently as the January transfer window.
Despite only playing with the Brazil U20, Douglas Costa has become a consistent call-up for current Seleçao head coach Dunga. The Copa America is his first major tournament he has taken part in, but has only made two appearances off the bench thus far. He scored five goals and had seven assists in 33 appearances with Shakhtar last season.
The wing is one key area Bayern is reportedly trying to find a player to fill. The Rekordmeister were left with limited options at the end of the 2014/15 season once injuries eliminated Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben for selection. Douglas Costa, who played against Bayern in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, could be the solution Bayern is looking for.