Costa seals Juve loan switch

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Douglas Costa has “accepted a new challenge” after joining Italian champions Juventus on an initial season-long loan from German counterparts FC Bayern München.

The Brazil international won-back-to-back Bundesliga titles in his two years at the Allianz Arena. But he struggled with injuries which limited his impact for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Bayern CEO Karl Heinz-Rummenigge revealed at the weekend that Juve were in talks to sign Costa. And on Wednesday, the player passed his medical in Turin ahead of completing his loan move to the Juventus Stadium.

Juve will pay €6 million to acquire his services for the 2017/18 campaign, with an option to purchase the 26-year-old winger for €40m in 12 months.

“We have held some serious and constructive talks with the Juventus representatives,” Rummenigge told his club’s official website.

“All the financial demands of FC Bayern have been fulfilled. I want to thank Douglas for his performances.

“After two successful seasons with four titles he wanted to accept a new challenge. We accepted this and wish him, together with his family, all the best in Italy.”