Sao Paulo president confirms agreement with Barça for Douglas
Chairman Carlos Miguel Adair has confirmed that there is an agreement in place for Sao Paulo’s Douglas to join FC Barcelona.
According to Diario AS, the clubs have agreed a fee of €6 million for the Brazilian right back. In the words of Adair, at this point “the deal is only required to be put in writing.”
The formalities of the deal have not yet been officially released, but it’s been heavily rumoured that Douglas won’t arrive in Catalonia until next season. His future depends entirely on Dani Alves, whose role at Barcelona is still uncertain despite him seemingly set to stay for the short term. There has also been rumours that if he joined immediately, he would play in Barça’s B team for the forthcoming season.
Back home in Brazil, the signing of Douglas has been met with wide-spread confusion. The majority of fans and pundits do not believe Douglas is anywhere near good enough for the standard of Barcelona. Thus, his signing is already being questioned in terms of it’s legitimacy. Douglas was previously offered to Atlético Madrid, but a transfer did not materialise.
His Uruguayan representative Juan Figer, has been responsible for bringing the likes of Denílson, Robinho and Júlio Baptista to Spain in the past.