Chelsea submit improved bid for Douglas Costa

Karthik Raman / 25 January 2015

The Blues have reportedly submitted an improved offer for the Brazilian Douglas Costa after the Ukranian club have allegedly rejected their previous bid.

According to various reports, Chelsea were said to have submitted a bid of €20 million (£16m) for the Brazilian attacker last Thursday but Shakthar Donetsk have reportedly rejected the offer as they are said to be holding up for a figure near €40m (£30m).

But it is understood that a compromise, possibly even meeting half-way in the valuations can help the Blues reach an agreement which will see the attacking midfielder sign for them this month.

Hence, Chelsea have reportedly launched another bid in the region of €25 million (£18.7 m) for the attacker. They are also said to be baulking at the negotiations for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, after the Italian club’s refusal to lower their €35m (£26.2 m) asking price.

If either of Douglas or Cuadrado is signed it will be the second-biggest Premier League deal so far this month following Manchester City’s £28m purchase of Wilfried Bony early in the window.

Douglas is a former team-mate of Chelsea’s Willian, when the duo were playing together at Shakthar. Costa has already spoken of his desire to quit the Ukrainian club and move to Stamford Bridge by describing a move to London will be a ‘Dream’.

When Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was asked about these recent statements, the Portugese hardly gave anything away by saying, “I am always happy when a player says he wants to play for us.”

Costa began his career at Gremio where he caught the attention of European scouts, with Chelsea and Manchester United both making bids to sign him when he was 18. He however opted to stay in Brazil for another season before joining Shakhtar in a surprise £6m transfer.

Where he has continued to develop and is regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe. His massive rise has attracted interest from various clubs across Europe. Not long ago, Arsenal were said to be the favorites to land him, but now the Gunners have ruled themselves out by making Chelsea the front runner to get him.

However, for the deal to materialise, either one of Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah have to leave the club in the winter window. Roma is said to be interested in taking Salah on a season long loan with an option for a permanent deal at the end of it. While Schurrle is reportedly attracting interest from Germany.

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