Manchester United, Barcelona need to pay €60 million to sign Diogo Costa

Manchester United and Barcelona can avail the service of the Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa but they need to shell out to the tune of  €60 million for the player.

As per A Bola, as replayed by Sports Witness, both Barcelona and Manchester United can consider being lucky as Porto could sanction the player’s departure for a sum of €60 million.

Costa’s rapid rise hasn’t gone unnoticed as a plethora of clubs will now be submitting their interest for the player. Costa hogged the limelight again for his unique reflexes on the pitch.

The 23-year-old denied the Club Brugge twice from the penalty spot in a Champions League game as the referee was not happy with the first penalty kick and ordered the spot kick to be retaken.

Erik ten Hag wants a player with brilliant feet who could be following the high line defending and should be adept on the ball.  David de Gea has shown his awareness by approaching outside the box to deny the onrushing player a few times this season but the manager’s demands could prove to be too hard to adapt to.

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United have scouted Costa on numerous occasions and should they continue with their goalkeeping hunt the Portugal international will remain their number one target.

Dean Henderson has long been an understudy to de Gea and his impressive performances for Nottingham Forest could help the club in getting good value for him in near future.

As far as Barcelona are concerned, Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s quality has certainly dipped and the Spanish club wants an upgrade over their current number one. Despite activating a number of economic levers this summer their on-field performance has been pretty erratic and their ouster from the Champions League could have a greater implication on their financial status.

Spending €60 million on a keeper might sound outrageous at this point in time but if they want to compete with Real Madrid they have to take up such risks in the transfer market.

Porto won’t be negotiating a transfer fee and would demand that the asking price be paid if they are to entertain any offers.

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