There is news in some of the local Manchester blogs, that Manchester United are after FC Twente’s Douglas.
Douglas – FC Twente’s Brazilian center-back
There was news last week that Newcastle are very close to tying up a deal for the 6’4″ center-back for around €5M, which is about £4.1M.
But reports today that Manchester United may also be interested in the player, but we wonder if the news is accurate.
Manchester United have been interested in Douglas Costa, the 21 year-old attacking midfielder for over a year now, and maybe that’s the player that’s being pursued, and he is also Brazilian.
Costa currently plays for FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine, and he joined them in January of 2010, on a five year deal for €5M.
Newcastle may well have the deal for FC Twente’s Douglas already tied up.
And with it now being very likely that Newcastle are at least in the Europa league next season, the Tyneside club will be looking for more players over the summer months to bolster the Newcastle squad, because of the extra games the team will have to play next season.
Indeed Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, has already said he would want five top players brought in over the summer, if Newcastle qualify for European competition next season.
The news last week on Douglas was in a Voetbal International report last Monday, that the center-back was coming to Newcastle, and this is what was reported:
“It is likely that Douglas Franco Teixeira continues his career at Newcastle United. The number six of the Premier League last winter was already in the market for the 24-year-old center defender of FC Twente and now has again expressed his interest.”
“Newcastle is prepared five million euros for Douglas to pay. The player himself is happy in England to continue his career, but wants to make the move until late August.”
“Then to play the Dutchman naturalized Brazilian five seasons in the Dutch professional football, and is entitled to play for Orange. “
We’d be very surprised if Manchester United are really after FC Twente’s Douglas.
What do you think?