Manchester City sign Vasco da Gama prospect Douglas for £10 million


Manchester City have purchased Vasco da Gama midfielder Douglas for €12 million (£10 million).

The 19-year-old was one of Vasco’s best performers last season, earning a call-up to the under-20 Brazil squad for the South American Youth Football Championship in Ecuador.

Douglas has made a huge mark in Brazil since turning professional in 2016, helping Vasco da Gama achieve promotion to Serie A with two goals in 14 appearances last year. He made his top-flight debut just two months ago, making 11 appearances in Serie A, scoring one goal, and was named in the team of the tournament for the Campeonato Carioca

ESPN Brazil reports that Manchester City cannot bring the Brazilian into the first team squad immediately due to his ineligibility for a work permit.

This leads to the plan for Douglas to be sent on loan to City’s soon-to-be partly owned Spanish club Girona, who will play in La Liga next season following promotion.

While Douglas is certainly an exciting prospect for the future, there are more immediate areas of the squad that need addressing, most notably left and right-back.

Manchester City have just Aleksandar Kolarov as a recognised full-back in their ranks following the departures of Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas.

Pep Guardiola is still hanging out for an arrangement with Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, while a deal for free agent Dani Alves appears to have fallen flat after rumours that he is set to join Paris Saint-Germain.


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