Reports: Manchester United set to make stunning move for Bayern Munich superstar

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Juve can purchase Costa outright for 40 million euros ($45.7 million) if they trigger the option before July 2018 and will pay Bayern an initial six million euros for the 26-year-old as part of the loan agreement.

Bayern were the fourth-highest European football team on the list, with Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid ranked in the top five. After that we'll see and make a decision. In the past, it has attributed the club's success to their sponsorship deal with Adidas and rises in club membership. For each inviting cross he floated for Cristiano Ronaldo or Alvaro Morata, there would be a couple of ill-advised statements to the media.

"We granted his request and wish him and his family all the best for the future in Italy", said Rummenigge.

It was hard to keep James motivated and on board, even though Zidane tried a few times this past season.

It's unfair to assume James was a failure at Real as the attacking midfielder scored 36 goals with 38 assists in 110 games for the Spanish giants. Last summer, most Real Madrid fans expected him to leave, as he publicly complained about his status in the squad.

Douglas Costa, second left, joined Bayern Munich in 2015. I can't wait to start training with my new teammates.

Kit manufacturer, Adidas are believed to be behind the increased pace of the deal and have intervened in the brokering of the deal which could see James make a switch to Old Trafford, according to Diaro Gol (via Daily Star).

The move will see the Colombian spend the next two years on loan with the German champions, who will then have the chance to sign the attacker on a permanent contract.

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