Costa fails to show up for Shakhtar ritiro; fuels rumors

According to Corriere dello Sport, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian attacking midfielder Douglas Costa has failed to attend Shakhtar’s summer ritiro in hopes of forcing a move away from the club.

Costa, 23, has been linked heavily with Roma over the past month after it was revealed that the former Gremio man has been wanting a move away from Ukraine in order to play in a better league and to escape the turmoil currently unfolding in the country. While Costa’s agent Cesar Bottega has denied he’s in negotiations with clubs, the player’s failure to attend the clubs’s summer session is, reportedly, the first step for the Brazilian in forcing a move away.

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