Douglas Costa to make Juve switch permanent

Douglas Costa will make his loan move from FC Bayern München to Juventus permanent, for a reported fee of €46million.

The Brazilian winger joined Bayern from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015, scoring four goals in each of his two seasons in the Bundesliga before being shipped out on loan.

Costa has scored once for Juve in 10 Serie A appearances so far this season, but has started just five of those.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge broke the news at the club’s annual general meeting. "Douglas Costa joined Juventus on loan last summer," Rummenigge said. "At the same time he will definitively join Juventus next summer for €46m overall."

Rummenigge also spoke about former coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked early in the season but has remained on good terms with the Bavarian club.

"I want to thank Carlo Ancelotti," Rummenigge added. "He is a good person and a very good coach. We became German champions together, but sometimes a successful coach and a successful club do not fit together.

"The decision to sack him so early in the season was not easy, but professionally necessary. When I told him the decision, Carlo said: 'Okay, you are not my boss anymore, but you stay my friend.' That's something which is rare. I wish him and his team all the best."

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