Douglas2According to Voetbal International this morning, FC Twente have indicated that they are willing to work with clubs on the transfer of temperamental centre-half Doublas Franco Teixeira.  Douglas was linked with a number of clubs over the summer, including Newcastle, who are also named in the recent report along with Internazionale and Reading FC.

The summer transfer broke down over price negotiations, but in contrast to some reports in the UK press, the issue was more complicated than NUFC refusing to match Chairman Munsterman’s valuation for his star player.  There were two factors working against a summer transfer, but only one of them matters this transfer window.

The first problem was that Douglas wanted to achieve eligibility for the Dutch national side through a residence qualification, which meant that he could not sign a contract outside the Netherlands until later August.  This meant that any contract signing had less than five days to be finalised and signed.

This would not have been an insurmountable problem had there not been an issue with agents, which only came to light later in the Autumn.  According to VI sources, there were three third parties with an interest in any transfer of Douglas from FC Twente, including Douglas himself, but also two of his associates, reportedly a family member and old school friend.

All three – Douglas, the family member and friend – were all entitled to a substantial percentage of the fee paid by the purchasing club.  When Douglas originally signed for FC Twente in 2007, he joined after a trial, and had a very low value, meaning that the percentage fees would be in the low tens of thousands of pounds.

However, with Newcastle tabling an offer reportedly above ten million, this meant that all three of these ‘agents’ were entitled to millions of pounds in fees, leaving FC Twente facing a very low final transfer fee, as well as less than a week to find a replacement for one of their first team regulars.

FC Twente’s demand to Douglas was waive these fees – i.e. let FC Twente take more of the transfer – or play out the last year of your contract.  Douglas unsurprisingly refused and it is fair to assume that this personal gain he stood to make was important in his decision to stay put.

And FC Twente have been good to their word and are prepared to let him depart in the summer, which means he apparently loses this contractual right.  They are now prepared to take a very small fee – presumably in the hope that he will waive his personal share of the transfer – in order to plan an orderly succession in their defence.

DouglasFrancoTeixeira1If Douglas is motivated by money, then he has two options.  He can sign for a European top-club and seek a £100k per week contract immediately, or he can take a step-up, and put himself cheaply on show in the hope of making that step in a couple of years’ time.  Now approaching 25, a good run in a middle ranking European club and for Oranje would give him the chance to sign a highly lucrative contract in 2015.

It is unlikely that Inter would take a punt on a defender untested at the highest level, particularly when he has not proven to have his impetuous nature well under control.  And so that leaves Reading and NUFC in the frame as potential opportunities for Douglas to showcase his talent.

With the signs certainly better for a winter departure of Douglas from Twente than they were over the summer, hopefully all parties involved will now have a much better sense of the financial realities involved and be able to make the right deal happen.

On a personal note, I remain to be convinced that he is the centre-half that NUFC need: but with our perilous league position and limited options for strengthening, now certainly seems a good time for the manager to be taking a few informed gambles on untested players in the winter transfer market.

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amacdee
amacdee

Jeez every single comment on this thread is cynical to the core ;-)


Have we had enough of Fattie then ?

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson

"I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest." - Winston Churchill, 1937.


"I cannot forecast to you the action of Mike Ashley. He is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, coated in s***e. But perhaps there is a key. That key is Mike Ashley's interest - S****s D****t." - Me, 2015.

Jimmywayhay
Jimmywayhay

Don't listen to what they say , watch what they do !

GToon
GToon

My daughter has just asked me for an ice cream cos it's so hot. Obviously I didn't get her one straight away but said I'd wait until all of my bills had gone out of my account. I'd then meet with her mother to discuss the options open to us. I'd then hold another meeting to discuss the best course of action and if the ice cream would have a sell on value. Finally I wil offer the ice cream man half of the price he wants. If he wishes to turn me down then I'm sure my daughter will understand. Perhaps I could give her some water instead. Tap water, obviously. Meanwhile all the other kids in the street are really enjoying their ice creams. Still that one pound in the bank is probably the equivalent of a couple of million when you're a multi billionaire so I know how good it feels too Mr Ashley. I will also continue to invest in her upbringing.

WilliamCarney
WilliamCarney

@GToon I would just get her the ice cream, she'd only blag my head until then lol, but for Mike Ashley, Id pull his fat head off if I could get within touching distance of him, he would definitly be bleeding for somewhere, even if I could get within 20 feet of him lol.

Munich Mag
Munich Mag

a box full of complimentary black and white fluffy donkeys ears are heading south as we speak... .-)

Munich Mag
Munich Mag

....and the "preferred media partners" are probably paying for this too ! :-)

There again maybe the poor lad in question isn't in the first team squad at Sky ?

mactoon
mactoon

They aren't paying for it at the moment. A similar deal was struck with the Sun last season. Ashley gives sky access to information as a taster then offers them a deal to pay for the permanent media rights down the line. When that happened the Sun said no. As will Sky Sports when they realise they have been fed misinformation #charlieaustinisadonedeal

Fozzyworld
Fozzyworld

I don't think even those muppets would deliberately mislead their own press. They are just incontinent...Sorry incompetent!

mactoon
mactoon

You couldn't make it up... oh hang on, they are!


And they will expect Sky Sports to pay for this priviledge sometime soon?