Manchester United are facing another obstacle in their bid to sign Douglas Costa, with Arsenal and Bayern Munich now entering the race.
Earlier in the week, United had asked Gremio to allow the 18-year-old Costa to undergo a trial at Old Trafford, but the request was refused. Indeed, the Brazilian club are reportedly unwilling to sell Costa unless a club coughs up his €24 million buy-out clause.
With the Red Devils unlikely to offer such a large amount of money for a teenager, they now face more troubles, as Sport.co.uk claims that both the Gunners and Bayern have now entered the picture.
The German club's interest was confirmed by Costa's agent, Cesar Bottega, who said, "There was an approach from a big German club.
"They saw him at the South American Youth Championship and liked the player.
There have been talks and we will see what happens in the next week."
It is unlikely, however, that Arsenal could trump Man United in the financial stakes, perhaps leaving Bayern as the current favourites for Costa's signature.
Arjun Miglani, Goal.com