Fluminense secures the signing of Douglas Costa

Tricolor convinces experienced forward to return to Brazil, rejecting more lucrative offers
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Fluminense surprised everyone by officially announcing the signing of Douglas Costa on a year-and-a-half contract. At 33 years old, the player, who was a free agent after not renewing with the Los Angeles Galaxy, accepted the proposal from the Rio de Janeiro-based Tricolor, a decision that goes beyond the financial terms.

The negotiation led by coach Fernando Diniz and planning director Fred was crucial in persuading the seasoned athlete to don the tricolor jersey. Even in the face of more advantageous offers, such as the one from Corinthians, Douglas Costa was enticed by the vision presented by the representatives of Fluminense.

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One of the crucial factors in the player's decision was the prospect of Fluminense participating in three international competitions in the coming years: the Recopa and Libertadores in 2024, in addition to the Super World Cup in 2025. This opportunity to shine on international stages, coupled with Fernando Diniz's experience and the club's presented project, were decisive in Douglas Costa's choice.

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Furthermore, the inclusion of productivity clauses in the contract demonstrates the mutual commitment between the player and the club. Douglas Costa agreed to adjust his salary expectations to align with Fluminense's financial reality, showcasing a spirit of collaboration and alignment with the team's goals.

The signing of Douglas Costa represents not only a technical reinforcement for Fluminense but also a bold bet on a renowned figure in Brazilian soccer. The expectation is that his international experience and talent will contribute to raising the team's level in the competitions he will be involved in.

The player, who has previously played for prominent European clubs, returns to Brazil at a crucial moment in his career, aiming to reaffirm his talent and contribute to Fluminense's success. Now, we await the player's arrival for medical exams and subsequently witness his integration into the tricolor squad.