According to a report by Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Tottenham could land Juventus winger Douglas Costa as the club search for an electric winger who can provide a threat from out wide – but the move would come at the cost of swapping club record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed on the Last Word on Spurs podcast that chairman Daniel Levy is looking for a winger in this transfer window, as well as a centre-back and striker, and Costa’s wealth of experience on the world stage could mark him out as a candidate.
Should Spurs sign Douglas Costa?
Yes, get it done Levy
No, he's finished
Unwanted by Juventus, Costa is one of three options for a swap deal involving out-of-favour Spurs midfielder Ndombele, and his impressive record of 1.9 dribbles per match last term indicates that he may still have more to offer in the Premier League (WhoScored).
Given Spurs’ search for a wide attacker, this could prove a viable transfer, but it would mean a club-record acquisition moving the other way plus a potential fee.
The Brazilian, who has amassed 31 caps for his country since debuting in 2014, certainly has the pedigree after a fairly impressive career, but his age (29), £190,000-a-week wages and slump in form are certainly factors to consider.
By comparison, Ndombele is just 23 and naturally possesses a longer shelf life, not to mention that Levy may be reluctant to sell for less than the £54m spent to bring him to north London last summer.
While Tottenham are looking for an ‘extraordinary’ winger, like Costa can be according to Maurizio Sarri, it’s debatable whether he is the answer for Mourinho, especially if it means offloading Ndombele.
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