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13/07/2009 09:43

Papers: Coveting Costa

United close in on Costa
Manchester United are moving closer to signing Douglas Costa, the highly rated Brazil Under-20 midfield player, from Grêmio. The Brazilian club are holding out for about £20million - close to the release clause stated in the player’s contract - but United are reluctant to pay that much and hope that a compromise can be reached shortly. United initially wanted to take Douglas, 18, on a three-week trial, but while that request was rejected by Grêmio, negotiations over a permanent deal are continuing. Douglas would be United’s fourth signing of the summer after Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan, with senior sources at the club insisting that they have no interest in buying Samuel Eto’o, the Barcelona striker.
Gary Jacob, Tony Evans; The Times

Other stories in Monday's newspapers include Fraizer Campbell's explanation for selecting Sunderland over other suitors - the Black Cats are a bigger club than Hull City - and disturbing reports of a robbery at Federico Macheda's house in Manchester.

Carlos Tevez's next destination is finally to be announced, apparently, with the Daily Mail claiming he will earn £150,000 per week at Manchester City. It's widely reported that the Blues also hope to sign Chelsea skipper John Terry this week.

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