FC Barcelona have a deal in place with Brazilian club Santos for the transfer of right back Douglas and the club is expected to officially announce the signing today.
FC Barcelona have been in the market for a quality right back since past few months to replace unhappy Dani Alves and it now seems that they have got their man. Dani Alves has expressed his frustration over the “lack of respect” he receives from the Camp Nou faithful on many occasions and the Catalan club has been looking for the potential suitors for the Brazilian since past few days.
Barcelona based newspaper Mundo Deportivo has also confirmed the capture of the right back by the Catalans. Mundo Deportivo report claims that: “Catalan giants have sealed a deal with the famous Brazilian football club for the right-back’s services. He will arrive at the Camp Nou for the 2015-16 season. Douglas will be viewed as something of a strange capture for Luis Enrique. The 24-year-old is not a star name back in his homeland and has yet to be capped by Brazil.”
FC Barcelona have been linked with a move for Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado since past few weeks but the deal looks unlikely now as the Blaugrana have decided to sign relatively unknown Douglas from Santos.
And although the fee is not disclosed yet, it is understood that FC Barcelona have paid somewhere in the region of 7-8 million euros for the signature of Douglas.
Reports coming from Spain had claimed earlier that new boss Luis Enrique has plans to play Cuadrado in right back position. However, the said move was vetoed by sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta and he asked the coach to go with Douglas instead.
Meanwhile, the capture of Douglas, who do not possess any playing experience in Europe, is likely to increase the playing time of Martin Montoya. The young La Masia graduate has been tipped to play a major role for Barcelona in coming years and he will be a first choice right back for Luis Enrique.
Meanwhile, FC Barcelona management has stepped up their attempts to sale Dani Alves as very few days are remaining for the closure of the summer transfer window and no club has shown any concrete interest in taking the Brazilian.
Paris Saint Germain were touted as the potential suitors of Alves but the French club baulked at the salary demands of the player. English Premier League side Liverpool has shown some interest in signing Dani Alves and the club is expected to make a move for the player in coming days.