Date: 13th July 2009 at 12:34am
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Manchester United are still keen on signing Gremio’s Douglas Costa who at 18 is rated as one of the brightest prospects in Brazil. According to press reports, his club is still holding out for a fee of 21m yet United hope they can persuade the Brazilians to lower their demands.

The champions will offer 7m as an initial fee, with a series of performance- and success-related add-ons. The reasoning, according to the Guardian, is that Gremio will baulk at the prospect of getting nothing at all if they continue to demand way over the odds.

Citeh are also interested in the player but he’s believed to be favouring a move to United (big surprise) and that they are also reluctant to pay the exorbinant price that Gremio want.

As for my personal opinion (not that anyone asked for it): if they accept this reported offer – sounds credible enough, not the usual transfer rubbish – then it’s a good deal for both parties. The kid is extremely skilful and talented and though only time will tell whether he can adapt to pressures and demands of the English game we won’t risk too much.