Today’s Daily Mail linked 18-year-old Brazilian Douglas Costa, dubbed the “new Ronaldinho” or the “new Anderson” depending on different sources, with a £21m move to Manchester United. The 18-year-old made his debut for Gremio on Saturday and scored in the first half against Brazilian powerhouse Botafogo, to further fuel his burgeoning reputation.
Costa has already turned out for Brazil’s under-19 international side, as well as gaining added experience training with the senior national team.
Back home, many compare Costa to another former Gremio starlet, Manchester United’s Anderson. According to club sources, Costa’s development is progressing faster than Anderson’s did, and with the vultures circling the Brazilian side are determined to extract as much money as possible for their young talent. Thankfully, Gremio recently tied the player down to a new contract that increased Costa’s buy-out clause from £5m to £21m.
Watching the footage from the weekend though, helps raise eyebrows to the likelihood of any transfer happening imminently. After falling behind to a fine strike from Silva in the 31st minute, Gremio immediately went on the offensive, with Costa scoring 60 seconds later.
A pass was hoofed up to the striker who cushioned the ball down to Costa. The youngster controlled expertly with his knee, before releasing a left-footed strike that deflected off a defender before beating a poor effort from the keeper. After scoring, and the crowd exploding, Costa began pounding on the club badge on his shirt before running over to the bench to celebrate with his teammates.
Obviously the bright lights of Europe are attractive, but the youngster, who is clearly at home at Gremio, may think it wiser to develop his game at home before jumping on the gravy train to potentially fall by the wayside.
Highlights from Gremio’s 2-1 over Botafoga can be seen here.