If i had to sign one of them, definitely i'd sign Douglas Costa. William is a good player, has a great future ahead, but i don't know if he's ready to take that step. Douglas Costa seems to be more prepared for that, despite the attitude problems.
So far so normal, but as his reputation grew Douglas began to be linked with Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona. "I know definitely that Manchester United sent a fax to my club, Gremio, asking them to release me to their training ground so they could see my skills," he said. "But the bosses of Gremio refused, saying that I already had the ability to play at the top level. They told Manchester United they could sign me without any trials. I like the style of Manchester United and if I could have chosen I would have preferred to go there, but they weren't ready, and Shakhtar Donetsk offered what Gremio wanted."
Could have just been a guest of Ando or the Twins. There are many who could be the player we tried to sign in January. It was around this time last year that we announced Chicha deal, with the international break now, might be a good time to announce it. I talked in the Pastore thread about, if we were to sign an AMC he'd have to be able to play on the wing too due to AMC not really working that good in 4-4-2. Douglas Costa is a player who can play on either wing and through the middle. He's also a bit of a set piece specialist.
I definitely wouldn't mind seeing him at United, although I don't think it would a "cheap" signing. According to rumors, would be around £ 15m. I think it will be more expensive. He is one of the leading players on a team increasingly emerging on the European scene.
But I think this whole story of him being at Old Trafford is very strange. I don't know if he is injured or suspended, but Shakhtar will play today by the Ukrainian league. Anyway, let's see what happens in the coming days / months.
Douglas Costa has denied being at OT yesterday, i've seen the photo and it certainly looks like him, he's on the left in white, there are also 4 Brazilian young looking kids on the same row + an older man who looked like an agent or something.
EDIT: I've been talking with a friend and i got good informations about the players in suits in that picture.. All them are brazilians and from Desportivo Brasil. Gladstony, Agnaldo, Lucas Evangelista and Rafael Leao are their names. The first team manager was there as well (Osmar Loss). All them are midfielders.
On the Douglas Costa rumours, it's probably understandable that the media are/have latched on to this possible transfer because the lad is the right age which Fergie likes and we'll probably try and strengthen the midfield area.