News today that Dutch side FC Twente want as much as £5M for their center-back Douglas.
Douglas – Newcastle may be priced out of this player
The Brazilian came out yesterday and said there was a bigger club than Newcastle after him, which seemed to put some of our readers off him – because that’s an egotistical comment.
Our understanding is that Douglas’ five year contract he signed with Twente in 2007, will run out at the end of this month, but the Evening Chronicle is reporting his contract still has one year to run.
Newcastle will not overpay for any players this summer, and that’s good, and we think the £5M Twente want is related to him still being 24 year-old, and therefore Newcastle must still pay FC Twente compensation for the player.
Five clubs are said to be after the 6’4″ right footed Brazilian, and if that interest drives the price up for him, then Newcastle just may not bother.
Newcastle now have a rigid but very good transfer policy, of getting good deals in the market, and with their impressive scouting network, there will be other good center-backs that Newcastle can bring in over the summer.
Aston Villa, Chelsea and Ajax are three clubs also said to be interested in the Brazilian, but Douglas has already said he does not want to stay in Holland, so that presumably rules out the Dutch Champions.
The English Premier League is said his preferred destination, but if there’s a bigger club in England after him – maybe he should just go there?
And at the suggestion of one of our readers – Warren – we’ll take a poll on whether we should sign Douglas.
Should Newcastle Sign Brazilian Douglas For £5M?
- Yes (51%, 949 Votes)
- No (40%, 758 Votes)
- Not Sure (9%, 171 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,878