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Juventus open talks for Douglas Costa as Bayern Munich hold out for €45m

Goal.com logo Goal.com 13-06-2017

Juventus are making moves to sign Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich, with the German champions looking to generate a €45 million fee, Goal understands.

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The Brazil international emerged as a target for the Serie A champions in recent weeks and talks with his representatives on Tuesday suggest that he is willing to move to Turin.

Injuries limited the 26-year-old's involvement in Bayern's Bundesliga-winning campaign under Carlo Ancelotti, starting just 14 of the 23 games he played.

While Ancelotti is said to be willing to let him go, with Bayern unhappy with an interview Costa gave to Bild am Sonntag in February in which he admitted to not being happy, the Italian coach will look to add another winger to his squad before allowing the deal to go through, even after the addition of Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen.

The German side are hoping to bring in €45m for a player they bought from Shakhtar Donetsk for €30m in 2015 and is contracted to the club until 2020.

Costa, meanwhile, is understood to be looking for €7m-a-year if he trades Bavaria for Turin.

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The two clubs have developed a relationship in recent years, with Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman going from Juve to Bayern and Medhi Benatia going the other way, which the Bianconeri will hope can help bridge the gap in negotiations.

Meanwhile, Massimiliano Allegri's side are still in pursuit of midfielder Steven N'Zonzi, who is contracted to Sevilla until 2020 with a €40m release clause and has also been linked to Chelsea and Barcelona.

They have also made contact with the agent of Fiorentina attacker Federico Bernardeschi over a potential move.

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