News today, which we all could have predicted, that Newcastle are refusing to increase their offer of €4M (£3.1M) for FC Twente Brazilian center-back Douglas, and would you believe that FC Twente want £5M for him, and are standing firm on their valuation of their center-back, who has only one year left on his contract.
Douglas – Newcastle cannot agree fee with FC Twente
Why is this not at all a surprise to us, and in fact we reported on Thursday that FC Twente would turn down Newcastle’s offer outright, which it appears they have done.
That €4M is about £3.1M with today’s exchange rates, and former England manager Steve McClaren is insisting that Douglas will not be allowed to leave for less than £5M.
As with the case of Luuk de Jong, which was very similar, there are other clubs in for the 6’4″ Brazilian, and they are said to be West Ham United and Fulham, and maybe they will be willing to get nearer that £5M than Newcastle are.
FC Twente are getting £10M plus some add-ons for Luuk de Jong from Burussia Monchengladbach, and they have plenty of money and are under no pressure to sell again this summer, and Douglas himself has said he may see out the last year of his contract and then be available as a free agent next summer.
And since he will be 25 at that time, we assume no compensation is due to FC Twente for him, and therefore his club will be willing to sell him for anything before next summer.
There will be further talks between Derek Llambias and FC Twente officials this weekend, but it does seem the Dutch club are trying to drive extra hard bargains with Newcastle, after we took Cheick Tiote from them for a measly £3.5M two years ago, and it seems they haven’t forgotten about that deal.
It’s certainly a hard slog for Newcastle in these transfer negotiations, but there’s no doubt that other clubs have become wary of Newcastle in the transfer market.
And Liverpool are also giving Newcastle some grief over Andy Carroll, after the Tyneside club somehow managed to get £35M for their local striker just 19 months ago, and now Andy want to come back home.
Oh well, such is life, and we’ll just have to wait and see how these deals play out, but Newcastle have yet to make a break-through in their summer quest for new players.