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LA Galaxy sign former Bayern Munich, Juventus attacker Douglas Costa

The LA Galaxy have signed former Brazil attacker Douglas Costa, the team announced on Thursday.

Costa, 31, had been on loan at Gremio from Italian giants Juventus, but, following relegation to Serie B last month.

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A source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN last week that the Galaxy were offering Costa a two-year deal, with the first six months being on loan.

“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,” Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney said. “We are excited to integrate him into the team as we push toward the start of the season.”

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Costa has played for some of the world’s biggest clubs. In addition to his time at Juve, he had two separate stints with Bayern Munich. He began his pro career with Gremio in 2008 before securing a move to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010.

After spending five seasons in Donetsk, during which he won 11 trophies, Costa made the move to Bayern where he spent the next two campaigns. During his time in Munich, Costa won two Bundesliga titles as well as a DFB Pokal.

His stint in Turin with Juve was also prolific, winning three Serie A titles. A loan spell at Bayern during the 2020-21 saw him claim another Bundesliga title. He returned to Gremio on loan, but couldn’t prevent the club’s first relegation since 2004.

All told he has made 462 league and cup appearances scoring 68 goals.

At international level, Costa has made 31 appearances for Brazil, scoring three goals. He was part of the squad that reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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