Douglas of FC Twente was a big transfer target of Newcastle last January and last summer, but it would appear that Newcastle have gone off the big Brazilian for whatever reason, and his agent today says that the 6’4″ defender wants to play in Serie A.
Douglas – on his way to Inter-Milan?
Douglas’ agent, Marcos Ribeiro, has claimed that Italian giants Inter-Milan are interested in signing the defender in the summer, when he becomes available as a free agent.
And it seems Newcastle’s opponents on Thursday Anzhi Makhachkala were also interested in Douglas, but he turned them down, presumable because he prefers Milan – and it’s definitely a little warmer there than in Russia.
This is what Marcos Ribeiro said today in Izvestia:
“It’s good to hear that Russian top club such as Anzhi asked for Douglas, but the player wants to play in Serie A.”
“When Inter Milan began to show an interest in my client, we decided to delay the transition and wait for the summer transfer window.”
So from those words of his agent, it seems that for one reason or another Newcastle have given up on Douglas, and it seems most of our readers preferred French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in any case, and there were some questions also about the Brazilian’s character.
But he is a good player, and is good at set pieces from corners and free kicks into the box, which is what Newcastle have been woeful at for at least a year now – and even through Alan Pardew practices corners and free kicks every week – for some reason we don’t seem to be improving much at all.
Newcastle will still need a center-back if Colo leaves in the summer, and maybe Newcastle will make an attempt at bringing Andy Carroll back to Newcastle, and if we get Andy back – at least it will make things interesting from corners and free kicks into the box.
What do you think?
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