Barcelona Transfer News: Douglas Deal Reportedly Agreed with Sao Paulo

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Barcelona Transfer News: Douglas Deal Reportedly Agreed with Sao Paulo
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Barcelona have raided South American football once again and captured Sao Paulo's Douglas Pereira, according to reports in Spain.

Luis F Rojo of Marca writes that the Catalan giants have sealed a deal with the famous Brazilian football club for the right-back's services. He will arrive at the Camp Nou for the 2015-16 season.

Rojo says the transfer deal is worth €8 million, and the player will replace Dani Alves in 12 months' time when his contract expires.

Football journalist Sergi Dominquez also confirmed the likely arrival of the player:

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Barcelona have failed to find Alves a new club, with Liverpool thought to be the most likely suitor. Ben Jefferson of the Express says Alves' agent has confirmed his client will not be on his way to Anfield.

Jefferson quotes Dinorah Santa Ana saying to Todo Mercato: "Dani will stay in Barcelona."

The retention of Alves also means Juan Cuadrado will not be subject of a bid from Barca, per Jefferson, paving the way for his transfer to Manchester United. 

Douglas will be viewed as something of a strange capture for Luis Enrique. The 24-year-old is not a star name back in his homeland and has yet to be capped by Brazil.

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Douglas is still very much behind Alves in the national team setup, despite the Barca full-back suffering with indifferent form.

It could be the case that the Spanish club are just covering their bases as they know Alves will not be signing a new deal in 12 months' time. However, to react to that situation now seems a premature decision.

Like Cuadrado, Douglas has the ability to play anywhere down the right-hand side, and his versatility may appeal to Enrique. He is at home on the right side of midfield and would be a strong utility player for the squad. 

Douglas has made 167 professional appearances in his career to date, per, so comes with a good level of first-team experience under his belt already.

Barca fans will be disappointed not to see Cuadrado arrive at the Camp Nou after his stunning performances for Colombia in the World Cup. His international team-mate James Rodriguez also shone in partnership with him and will ply his trade for Real Madrid after his costly purchase from Monaco.

Cuadrado would have gone some way to addressing the overall balance of the team with its top-heavy attack of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

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Alves showed in Brazil he is not the player he once was, and he will find it hard to hold down a regular spot with Barca if his form continues to plummet.

Ultimately, Douglas will be a good squad signing, but surely Enrique will revisit his right-sided options next summer. Alves is likely to be on a high wage at the Camp Nou after his lengthy service, and once he has gone, Barca can purchase with fewer Financial Fair Play issues hanging around their neck. 

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