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.