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21/04/2011 09:30
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Papers: Costa tug-of-war?

Metro reports...

Manchester United and Manchester City could go head-to-head in a summer transfer battle for Shakhtar Donetsk's Douglas Costa.

The Brazilian midfielder has had a fine campaign playing for the Ukrainian side, helping them get to the Champions League quarter-finals.

However, his agent Cesar Bottega confirmed that Sir Alex Ferguson has been keeping his eye on his client for some time, which might alert Roberto Mancini and the City hierarchy.

"There is much interest around Douglas - he was one of the best young players in this season's Champions League," said Bottega. "Several clubs are following him and there was some contact, but no concrete proposal has yet arrived.

"Manchester United have liked him for a long time and although Shakhtar are a good team and are doing very well, it is normal that if we get important offers for the player, these will be taken into account,' he stated, adding he believes Costa could fit in at a 'top team'.

There's plenty of transfer talk elsewhere with The Sun claiming Dimitar Berbatov is a £12million target for Sevilla, presumably to excuse a clever Berba of Seville headline.

The Sun report quotes from Bayern Munich's Uli Hoeness to suggest that the Bundesliga giants, long-time favourites to land Manuel Neuer, will "snatch the keeper from United's grasp".

The Star claim another reported Reds target, Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina will commit his future to Anfield after being impressed with the youngsters coming through the ranks.

And, according to Talksport, Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha is being watched by United and Arsenal.

Away from the transfer talk, former referee Graham Poll writes in The Daily Mail: "Javier Hernandez did not dive at St James’ Park in Tuesday night’s goalless draw and should not

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