Today it is no different, and the latest name to be pushed into the frame and supposedly at the forefront of Roberto Mancini’s mind is Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa.
The Brazilian has been integral to all the good things the Ukrainian side have done this season and he is one of the reasons that they have progressed further in the Champions League than Arsenal. The emergence of the creative talent has clearly not gone unnoticed and Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu is quoted in Brazil as saying that the player is capable of playing at any level.
Costa joined the Gremio youth side in his native Brazil in 2002 at 12 years old, and it was in 2008 that he broke into the first team. He spent 2 years playing in Brazil before moving to Shakhtar in the Ukraine in January 2010 for a fee reported to be around £5.5million. He has been a vital part of their team and is now one of their most prized assets and it doesn’t appear long before bigger things are calling for the youngster.
Douglas is known for his vision, passing ability and his eye for goal, he is also somewhat of a free kick specialist. He has often been compared to Brazilian legend Ronaldinho, whether this hefty comparison is something that he can live up to remains to be seen. There is always a downside to these young talents it seems, somewhat of a rough cut diamond, there have always been questions about the players temperament and his ability to continually pick up yellow cards has not gone unnoticed.
A one time target of Manchester United after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Douglas is now attracting the eye of neighbours Manchester City. It is thought that it would take more than £10million to secure the player, something which the club would not find it overly difficult to find. The desire of the clubs owner to recruit young talent is again something that should be admired and this could be a further example of it.
Should Mancini and his team make this move, it would be wise to expect a period of settling in, but if the creative talent can find time on the ball and adapt to the quicker pace of English football, I see no reason why he can’t be an asset to the club and maybe one day take some of the pressure off the shoulders of current master play maker David Silva.
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