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Douglas Costa joins Bayern Munich from Shakhtar Donetsk for €30 million

Douglas Costa has joined Bayern Munich from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of €30 million.

Costa, 24, had been linked with the German champions along with Chelsea in recent months, but Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu said last week that a deal was close with Bayern.

The Bundesliga title holders announced the Brazil international has signed a five-year deal until 2020 on Wednesday morning, with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar confirming that they will receive a €30 million fee for the attacking midfielder's services.

Bayern's deputy chairman Jan-Christian Dreese, who conducted the negotiations with Shakhtar, told his club's official website: "We are delighted we've been able to sign Douglas Costa.

"The five-year contract until 2020 indicates that we are planning for the future of Bayern with this striker. We now hope he settles quickly here in Munich and at Bayern and trust he will strengthen our team as we all desire."

Costa -- who represented Brazil at this summer's Copa America -- said: "A dream has come true for me today. I'm proud to become a player for Bayern, following in the footsteps of so many magnificent Brazilian players.

"I'm looking forward to playing for this magnificent team and will do everything I can to fulfil the expectations placed in me."

The player scored 38 goals in 203 appearances for Shakhtar, winning five Ukrainian league titles in a row from 2010 to 2014 as well as three Ukrainian Cups from 2011 to 2013.

Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer said of the deal: "Douglas Costa will be good for our team. He has great technical ability, a powerful left foot, he is very agile and extremely quick.

"After playing in Brazil and Ukraine, Douglas Costa has decided to take the next step in his career in the Bundesliga and at Bayern Munich. We will support him in every respect as he does so."

Shakhtar coach Lucescu said Costa will one day succeed Arjen Robben, who at 31 missed more than two months of action at the end of last season.

"I see him taking on Robben's role -- he has a similar profile," Lucescu said. "He's only 24 years old, so he could reach his level in the coming years."

Costa took to Instagram to announce his departure, posting a picture of himself with his Shakhtar teammates along with the message: "Hello, I come here to announce that my story Shakhtar is over. I hope all fans understand my decision, but is part of the evolution of each player.

"Here is my love for each of you, who are always been with me in good and bad moments. We achieved many things together, but we can not forget the losses which served to our growth.

"My sincerely thanks for received me so well, since the day I arrived. And I'm sure was the most correct choice that I made five years ago when I decided to join Shakhtar.

"It was an honor to wear this victorious shirt! I want to apologize for that difficult season we had, but I ask that you guys continue further supporting Shakhtar players next season.

"Thanks to all people who are part of this history, first of all to our president Rinat Akhmetov [my eternal gratitude for all] , the director, the coach Mircea Lucescu also his assistants, to all my colleagues since I arrived and to all employees of FC Shakhtar Donetsk !!!

"I hope we can return to our home Donetsk as soon as possible. Although it is very hard to say, see you soon! I love you guys and will bring all you in my heart wherever I am."

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