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LA Galaxy pursue Douglas Costa deal as Brazilian winger nears Gremio exit

By on January 21, 2022 0

The LA Galaxy are in pursuit of Brazil international midfielder Douglas Costa, a source has confirmed to ESPN.

Costa, 31, had been loaned out to Gremio from Italian giants Juventus. But after Gremio’s relegation to Serie B last month, the club are facing a major cut in their finances and Costa is set to end his loan spell.

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A source said negotiations between Costa and the Galaxy were “advancing” but not yet complete. The Galaxy need to strengthen their midfield following the off-season departures of Jonathan dos Santos to Club America and Sebastian Lletget via a swap deal with the New England Revolution, even after acquiring Marky Delgado from Toronto FC earlier on Friday.

Costa has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world. As well as his move to Juve, he had two separate stints with Bayern Munich. He started his professional career with Gremio in 2008 before securing a move to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010.

After spending five seasons at Donetsk, during which he won 11 trophies, Costa moved to Bayern where he spent the next two campaigns. During his time in Munich, Costa won two Bundesliga titles as well as a DFB-Pokal. His spell at Turin was also prolific, winning three Serie A titles. A loan spell at Bayern during the 2020-21 season saw him win another Bundesliga title. He returned to Gremio on loan, but was unable to prevent the club’s first relegation since 2004. In total, he made 462 league and cup appearances scoring 68 goals.

At international level, Costa made 31 appearances for Brazil, scoring three goals. He was part of the team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.