A glimmer of hope remains in Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Douglas Costa. The Brazilian international and Bayern Munich winger has fallen out of favor with the Bavarian outfit and is being shopped around this summer. Its silly season and even the most contented footballers have transfer rumors written about them in June and July, but it is a whole other issue when the club president indicates that you are for sale. Uli Hoeness had this to say about Costa to Kicker earlier this week:
"If a club pays the fee that [Bayern CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has asked for then he will leave," he said. "We paid a lot of money for him so we now want more in return. However, as long as he hasn't signed anywhere else, he will return.
"If he doesn't sign, he will start the season with us on Aug. 18 [for Bayern's opening Bundesliga fixture against Bayer Leverkusen].”
A few weeks ago it looked like an inevitability that Costa would be heading to Turin to join Juventus, and while that is still the big money bet on which club he will transfer to, talks seem to have stalled between the two clubs. This leads to the possibility, however remote, that he might be up for grabs.
The quote itself is posturing by Hoeness in his negotiations with Juventus, but its about as clear of a signal that Bayern are open to new bidders. At a believed £35 million pound price, Costa would break Tottenham’s transfer record, but not by an incredible margin. Even £40 million pounds sits at the cheaper end of the market for a marquee signing.
Whether or not Costa, someone who failed to make a real impact at Munich, can be considered a prodigious signing is up for interpretation, but he certainly checks the box on something that is lacking from Spurs’ attack — blistering pace. Through Costa’s dribbling and crossing ability, along with that speed, he would certainly bring a different angle to our offense. Not to mention that he has bags full of pedigree and is still in the picture of the full Brazilian National Team.
As I am writing this, other articles have sprouted up about serious interest from Inter Milan, while both Manchester clubs are rumored to be in the picture for his services too. Juventus is certainly not out of the picture yet as a potential suitor as well. The likelihood of Spurs swooping for Costa is extremely low and the links to Tottenham have been weak at best, so lets be totally clear that this is probably never going to happen. Its bat country, you see.
That said, who knows. If Hoeness’ statement holds a sliver of truth to it, then one big money offer might put Spurs in the driver’s seat. He would be an audacious and awesome signing. Your move Daniel Levy.