After initial negotiations for the Brazilian U20 international Douglas Costa were reported to have failed, a move seems to come closer every day now. ManUtd was said to offer the Brazilian a 3 weeks trial before wanting to finalize a move, but Gremio considered the player, who’s hailed as the new Robinho too good for a trial. Initial reports hinted at a £12m offer for the international but Gremio is holding out for around £20, close to the buy-out clause in the youngster’s contract. Negotiations are on going but we know the line, SAF gets who he wants.
Costa certainly would easily fit in the team, especially with the presence of Brazilian Anderson, the twins and Nani who all speak Portuguese. So far Costa had made 19 appearances with the first squad of Gremio and scored only once but the videos show that he is very talented and with the help of our backroom staff the Brazilian will certainly become more and more lethal in the striking dept.
More and more SAF seems to focus on buying youngster even before they are 22-23 working at a long term strategy for teh squad. One can only wonder if that means that the Scot will continue several more years and not the expected one or two more seasons. It is obvious that he’ll continue until we have more English League titles than the Dippers but might he also want to win several more European titles and bring his CL tally to 4 or 5 even before he retires?