The LA Galaxy have signed former Brazil attacker Douglas Costa, the team announced on Thursday.

Costa, 31, had been on loan at boyhood club Gremio from Italian giants Juventus, but, after relegation to Serie B last month, the Brazilian side is facing a significant cut to its finances. As a result, Gremio will loan Costa to the Galaxy for six months, at which point his transfer to Los Angeles will be completed, with his MLS contract running for another 18 months..

"Douglas is a world-class player and a proven champion at the highest level. His capacity to create and finish will add yet another level to our attack," Galaxy coach Greg Vanney said. "We are excited to integrate him into the team as we push toward the start of the season."