Liverpool in surprise Costa tussle with Chelsea

Liverpool have joined bitter rivals Chelsea in the race for unsettled Shakhtar Donetsk star Douglas Costa, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Brazilian playmaker currently plies his trade with the Ukrainian giants, but the unstable nature of the country right now is believed to be swaying their big stars towards the exit door.

Chelsea were linked with the South American back in January, and it’s claimed that his representatives were in London last week to attempt to revive the deal with the Blues.

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However, Liverpool are now also in the race, with Brendan Rodgers eyeing the skilful star.

The Reds can offer Costa more gam time, but a lack of Champions League action – which the Northern Irishman confessed is likely yesterday – could be a big factor.

Liverpool almost signed Chelsea’s Diego Costa back in 2013.