Throughout the change of coach and the ensuing financial crisis that Juventus found themselves in during the summer transfer window, Douglas Costa has been a name that has been linked with a move away from Turin. It didn’t matter if it was an outright sale or a loan somewhere, it was never believed to be really part of Juventus’ plans no matter who called to shoot.
This notion started months ago.
And that’s even more the truth now.
Costa, the often injured but still talented Brazilian winger, has made a surprising comeback in the Bundesliga and Bayern Munich. On the last day of the 2020 summer transfer window, Costa, 29, joined the German giants and reigning European champions on a one-season loan, it was announced on Monday, after spending the last three seasons. with Juventus.
On the official Juventus website:
After three years, and with so many Scudetti, an Italian Cup and an Italian Supercup, Douglas Costa and Juventus will go their separate ways. The Brazilian will spend this season on loan at Bayern Munich.
The Brazilian champion arrived in Turin in 2017, where he immediately won everyone over with his fascinating skills that made him famous around the world: from his pace and lightning footwork to his ability to literally decide matches. .
Now is the time to say goodbye: thank you, “Flash”, in fact, obrigado!
Much like the loan deals that saw Daniele Rugani go to Rennes and Mattia De Sciglio join Lyon, Costa’s announcement is worded as a departure for good rather than something like they’ll see you later. Costa’s contract with Juventus, which he signed when he left Bayern Munich for good in the summer of 2018, runs until 2022.
Costa’s career at Juventus will be remembered for what he was unable to do due to injuries almost as much – or perhaps more in some cases – the electrical impact he had in some games . This was especially true over the past two seasons, when muscle injuries dominated his timeline. He just couldn’t stay healthy which made it difficult for him both not to find any form of some sort and to simply make himself available for the Juventus manager at the time for long periods of time.
Even with all of that, Costa has still scored some of Juventus’ best goals in the past three seasons. He still had the ability to do those weaving and electric runs and to charge the opposing defenses dearly.
But it was the injuries that turned out to be his ultimate downfall. He was never really able to replicate the impact he had in his debut season at Turin when he recorded a record 12 assists and was easily one of Serie A’s best players.