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TRANSFER NEWS: Arsenal Bid For Manchester United Target

I’m not sure whether I refer to Douglas Costa as a Manchester United target, or a former Manchester United target, but either way, he is definitely a target of United’s Premier League rivals Arsenal, after the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw a bid for the Brazilian midfielder rejected by Shakhtar Donetsk.

Douglas Costa was thought to be seen at Old Trafford at a game of United against Bolton back in March, but this has since been proven practically impossible, as the player was due to play back in Ukraine for Shakhtar the next day. However, you may be seeing the player at the Emirates next season quite regularly if Arsenal are to up their bid for the 20 year-old attacking midfielder.

The Brazilian’s agent confirmed yesterday that Arsenal placed a bid for Douglas, but it was rejected by Shakhtar on the grounds that they wanted money rather than a swap deal involving Arsenal’s Brazilian midfielder Denilson. The players agent, Cesar Bottega said:

“The Gunners have offered the club Denilson in exchange for Douglas but Shakhtar said no. They are not interested in Denilson and would want only money.”

Douglas was a regular at the Ukrainian club last season, playing 42 games in total, and scoring 7 goals. Manchester Untied tracked the player since his time at the Brazilian side Gremio and apparently bid for him, but Gremio instead opted for a sale to Shakhtar, who have also been reluctant to sell to United for a few million pounds, so a Denilson offer was hardly going to sway their stance.

This news comes after Arsenal’s reported interest in another of Shakhtar’s players, Willian, who TalkSport claimed Arsenal had  “made an approach for”.  In this apparent interest in Willian, Arsenal attempted to throw Denilson (again) into a possible deal, with a few million cash. Arsenal are reportedly awaiting a reply, but require one soon, preferably before the week-end, reports say.

Manchester United will have been made aware of Arsenal’s interest in their former/current transfer target, Douglas Costa but United currently have larger fish to fry, with two or three separate battles occurring between some of the top teams in the world for all of Luka Modric, Wesley Sneijder and Alexis Sanchez.

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  1. www

    June 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Just a shame we are not in the big boys league when it comes to top players. I Mean schneider modric sanchez or willan costa larsson what is going on?

    • Arsenal Future Manager

      June 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

      We don’t need those players, you cant but a player for 30mill and ask him to play on the bench, we already have a starting line up that are going to grow together and would understand how each other play, all where buying right now is squad players to give us good depth and back up, the only 1st team player we need to buy is a CB, (Samba).

      Pedro and Busquet for Barcelona are not all that, compared to the other players in the team, Mascherano is 10 times better than Busquet but he starts before Mash because of the relationship he has with the other players, they have all been playing and training together for a long time, that is a #TEAM

  2. Arsenal Future Manager

    June 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Sneijder – Fabregas
    Modric – Wilshere
    Sanchez – Nasri

    Sagna – Samba – Verm – Clichy
    Song – Wilshere
    Walcot – Fab – Nasri

    If we get:

    That would provide cover for both wings and ST(Gervinho), something we didn’t have last season and had to play Bendtner as a winger.

    • Kev

      June 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm


  3. meshack

    June 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    A good work,but we treasure Nasri so murch in the squard;we should not let him go at all.

  4. Hammed yusuf

    June 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I think wesley sneijder & alexis sanchez we be okay for manchester united squad, if sir alex can spend money to sign big player like 4 or 5 then we are capable to beat barcelona

  5. nonso

    June 20, 2011 at 12:32 am

    when will wenger sign someone he always linked wit players bt wont sign

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