Douglas Costa agent doubts Manchester United will meet asking price

June 22, 2009 at 13:22 10 comments

Douglas Costa

Douglas Costa

Contrary to reports circulating in the British press, Douglas Costa’s agent, Cesar Bottega, does not in fact believe that Manchester United are willing to pay the large fee Grêmio want for their 18-year-old.

“I don’t believe that they [Manchester United] will reach this figure”, the agent told Porto Alegre newspaper Zero Hora.

However, the agent did say that there had been ‘informal talks’ with the Premier League club but that he doubted a firm offer was on the cards.

Grêmio are believed to be holding out for around £20 million for the Under 20 Brazil international. But this is a hugely inflated fee for a player who has failed to establish himself with the first team on a regular basis.

Bottega went on to say “Right now, an offer might come in at a maximum of £6.7 million. But this would not be enough for [Grêmio] president Duda Kroeff”.

Douglas Costa is just one of a handful of young Brazilian footballers who have somehow been saddled with overblown and totally unjustified reputations abroad. Corinthians’ Lulinha and Santo’s Neymar are two others. While the teenagers showed some promise with Brazil’s U20 and U17 teams, none of them have done anything of note in the country’s domestic leagues and none are regular starters with their clubs. Lulinha, in fact, rarely figures on the bench at Corinthians and has suffered a dramatic dip in form since he first came to light at the São Paulo outfit in 2007.

Brazilian clubs, or rather players agents and football marketing companies such as Traffic Sports, have become adept at generating hype around the so-called teenage prodigies. Much of this propaganda is aimed at Premier League outfits that appear to be willing to pay silly money for unproven players.  

Manchester United seem to be on to a winner with the Da Silva twins but Dodô is more of a long-shot. In the case of the twins, there was a bit of a buzz around them in their early days at Fluminense. But very few people, including Corinthians fans, had even heard of Dodô before he was whisked away to England.  

This approach doesn’t usually work with Italian clubs who have an excellent track record of signing players with obvious quality on the cheap. The ability of Kaká and Alexandro Pato was unquestionable. But the players were never linked with English clubs whilst they were in Brazil. True, work permits for the UK are an issue but there are a number of ways for clubs to get round that (loans to other European clubs, junior team involvement etc).

The Italians know their stuff when it comes to signing Brazilians. And with Leonardo now in charge at AC Milan, there will be more teenagers heading to Italy. If English clubs really want to sign the best players for reasonable prices, they need to keep a close eye on what the Italians are up to.


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10 Comments Add your own

  • 2. Sexton Blake  |  June 22, 2009 at 16:33

    Hmmm, but Sir, have you not posted on the youthful promise of Neymar and D. Costa? We’re all part of the system, m-a-a-a-n-n!

    • 3. pitacodogringo  |  June 22, 2009 at 17:33

      Sexton Blake

      i’m guilty as charged. haha but i’ve never built these guys up into something they are not. and i’d like to believe that my opinion about them is slightly more informed than the tosh that comes out of the UK press

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  • 5. roachcreative  |  June 23, 2009 at 00:55

    Bit of a correction: Chelsea were linked with Pato quite a lot before he went to AC Milan. In fact, I’m pretty sure Internacional confirmed they indeed received a bid from the London club. Also, Kaka was linked with Man United around the time they had that ‘co-operation agreement’ with Sao Paulo. He was rumored to be one of the players the looking to sign along with Rincon.

    • 6. pitacodogringo  |  June 23, 2009 at 20:56

      didn’t see anything about Pato and Chelsea but it was pre-blog days haha now you’ve mentioned Kaká and Man Utd, i do remember something. i always thought Kaká would have been the ideal replacement for Roy Keane

  • 7. KM in WALES  |  June 23, 2009 at 11:57

    nice article.why can italians spot quality & the english clubs cant?do the italians have more scouts in brazil?do u think man utd have bought a dud in Dodo?i’m an arsenal fan & is it true that arsenal have signed 1 of the Wellington kids?do u think nilmar & kerrison are good enough for a move abroad?is it also true that barca & l’pool are interested in kerrison?

    • 8. pitacodogringo  |  June 23, 2009 at 20:52

      like just about everyone here, i’ve never seen Dodô play. so, i can’t comment. the only thing about him i know is that he’s more of a left-back than a central defender.
      Wellington is back at Fluminense and has just been made part of the first team squad. i’m not entirely sure if his relationship with Arsenal is over but it looks that way.
      Both Nilmar and keirrison are excellent players. there’s a bit of a question mark over Nilmar as he failed in France – he’s also a bit of a diver. Keirrison’s scoring record is phenomenal. 41 in all comps last year. 24 (or 23) so far this season! not bad for a 20-year-old.

  • 9. KM in WALES  |  June 24, 2009 at 08:06

    i guess Nilmar would fit in well at man utd as he’s a diver – RvN,Ronaldo… have ManU appeared all over Brazil like a rash snatching all the young talent ahead of the Spanish & Italian clubs?has ferguson just woke up & realised Braziliams are the future for ManU? Also when does the Brazilian season start & finish?how many clubs are in the serie A? Also are there any channels which show brazilian matches in the Uk? Which EPL club do u support/like?


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