Winger Douglas Costa was severely criticized by the Munich club after leaving Bayern in 2017. Specially from a man. For this reason alone, the transfer was previously unimaginable.
This news from the weekend came as more than a surprise: According to corresponding media reports, Juventus Turin and FC Bayern Munich should agree that Douglas Costa will return to Germany – and play again for the record champions. The Brazilian must therefore be loaned. He is considered a Plan B because Chelsea FC Briton Callum Hudson-Odoi is not moving to Säbener Straße after all.
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Hardly anyone expected a return campaign from the troublesome winger, who already ran for the club from 2015 to 2017. And not without reason. Because there was something …
Uli Hoeneß, the club’s current honorary president, was president of the club when Costa still played for Bayern – and attacked the player hard after moving to Juventus (for a whopping € 40 million). Looking to the future and with regard to new players, Hoeneß said at the time, “We’ll keep tinkering until we have the right players. Costa didn’t work because he was quite a mercenary, and we didn’t like his character.”
And should this man now appear again for FC Bayern?
The “Welt” reports that the player, at least in the team, had a better position than at Hoeneß, which gives hope. Nothing was known about major problems with the player in Säbener Strasse during his time. Time and again, he shone mainly through top performances on the field, justifying the million dollar transfer from Italy.
There is no doubt that he can advance Bayern in the field of football: 30-year-old Douglas Costa is a two-time German champion, DFB Cup winner, he has been a regular at Bayern and Juventus. As an external player, he scored 45 goals and prepared 74 goals in 292 mandatory professional matches in Europe.
This transfer is a sportive fit – in human terms only those responsible at Bayern can judge it.