Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Douglas Costa and Arsene Wenger's Transfer Plan

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2014

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Donetsk's Douglas Costa, right, gets away from Manchester United's Alexander Buttner during their Champions League group A soccer match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England. Six South Americans - including Costa - have refused to return to Ukraine to play for their football club in Donetsk as conflict rages around the city, risking possible fines and suspensions for breach of contract. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)
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Recent Arsenal target Douglas Costa has said he is ready to move to a "big club" soon and has hinted that AC Milan would interest him.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia), quotes the Shakhtar Donetsk player speaking about his future and mentioning he would be happy to emulate compatriot Ronaldinho's time in Italy.

The Brazilian playmaker said: "If an offer arrived, I would take it immediately. I am grateful for everything Shakhtar have done for me, and if I stayed I would keep on giving 100 per cent. But I think I am ready for a big club. Milan? Who would not like to repeat the same steps as Ronaldinho?"

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Metro confirms Shakhtar are prepared to let Douglas leave, with Arsenal on red alert to pounce, if given the green light.

Douglas currently has a price tag of around £40 million, but the Gunners could offer Lukas Podolski and cash as part of any transfer, according to the same Metro report.

The Ukrainian club's manager Mircea Lucescu admitted every player has a price in reference to selling the attacker: "I am sure that things will come to the fore in the next few weeks. For me, all the players are transferable for the right price. Every year, some players go and some players arrive. It’s normal that players will want to leave at some point."

BeIN Sports pundit Matteo Bonetti also quotes Lucescu, with the coach saying he believes Douglas is a greater talent than Real Madrid's latest Galactico signing:

Douglas did not feature for Brazil at the recent World Cup, but the 23-year-old has been one of the country's most promising talents for years. The player performed well during his club's stint in the Champions League last season, scoring and assisting twice in six games, per

He has seemed ready to make the jump to a big league for a while now, and a place at the Emirates would suit his style of play. Arsene Wenger would surely be interested in adding Douglas to his squad, but the manager has been coy when asked about potential new signings.

After Arsenal's draw with Besiktas in the Champions League on Tuesday night, the Frenchman said he was not close to securing any further deals, per the club's official website: "Not at the moment, no. I have nothing special to add on that at the moment. Honestly, we are not close to signing anybody."

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Douglas would be incredibly expensive at the £40 million mark, and that figure seems unrealistic for a player who has failed to penetrate into his national team. He is blessed with an amazing amount of skill, but if Wenger is to do anymore business this summer before the window shuts, he will surely concentrate on other positions.

The Gunners need a centre-back and a striker, and Douglas would be a luxurious signing, if completed.

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez means that Douglas is no longer a prime target in terms of necessity, and Milan looks a more likely option for him. 

But if Wenger was to surprise the world and capture the Brazilian, the Arsenal squad would have some of the best attacking talent in the world at its disposal.