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LA Galaxy announce transfer of Brazilian winger Douglas Costa

Chris Smith
Douglas Costa is the latest global star to wear LA Galaxy colors.
Douglas Costa is the latest global star to wear LA Galaxy colors. / Silvio Avila/GettyImages

The LA Galaxy have completed the signing of Brazilian winger Douglas Costa from Juventus on an initial six-month loan deal.

Costa spent the latter half of 2021 on loan at Gremio in his homeland but with the Brazilian side suffering relegation and financial issues, the 31-year-old needed to be moved on.

Now, Costa will join the Galaxy on loan for a six-month period before making the transfer permanent on a Designated Player contract through 2023.

Costa will instantly become one of the biggest names currently playing in MLS and joins Mexico record goalscorer Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez in a star-studded LA attack. Together, they'll hope to fire the Galaxy back into the MLS Cup Playoffs after missing out in 2021.

Across a glittering career, the winger has turned out for European powerhouses Juventus and Bayern Munich, as well as Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, and has been part of title-winning sides for all three.

At international level, Costa has 31 senior caps to his name for Brazil, scoring three times and helping the Seleção to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2018.

“Douglas is a world-class player and a proven champion at the highest level. His capacity to create and finish will add yet another level to our attack,” LA Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney said in a press release. “We are excited to integrate him into the team as we push toward the start of the season.”

Technical director Jovan Kirovski added: “Douglas is an exceptional talent who has played at some of the biggest clubs in the world. He is a big addition to our team, and we believe he will be a difference-maker in MLS.”

The LA Galaxy begin their 2022 campaign at home to reigning champions New York City FC on February 27.