Papers: Reds raid Brazil?
Reds count the Costa of whizkid
Manchester United are closing in on Brazilian whizkid Douglas Costa. The Gremio midfielder, 18, is attracting attention across Europe. He has been hailed as the new Ronaldinho and his club have just turned down an £8million bid from Villarreal for his services. United have been monitoring Costa through their South American scout - former centre-back Jaap Stam. Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool are also tracking the rookie, who is due to talk to interested clubs at the end of the month. Costa would not need a work permit to move to England because he has a Portuguese passport. Chris Nathaniel, Costa’s advisor, said: “The boy is special and loves the Premier League. He has a lot of offers to consider.” Shaun Custis, The Sun
The Daily Mirror claims that a promising youngster already on the United books - striker Fraizer Campbell - will be offered a new long-term contract this summer.
Former United coach Ricky Sbragia is in no doubt as to how his Sunderland side will approach the champions' visit to Wearside tomorrow. “We need to get in their faces,” says the Scot. “We have seen Fulham do it and they got joy from it. We have to show the same heart."