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.


Andgeo 5pts

Same old Arsene, always cheating!!!

1957 5pts

Interesting picture on the match of the day running time article.

Don't remember, on the day, this challenge being given as a foul, the Arsenal player definitely wasn't booked for it, presumably having your foot near someone's head isn't dangerous play in the view of the match day officials.

Any ref out there who can explain why the challenge above merits no card while a block or a trip does (sometimes)

TonnekToon 5pts

@1957 I'm surprised he wasn't booked for having his head too close to the oppositions foot !

stepaylor 5pts

Alot being said about the ref and my own opinion is that mitrovic should have seen yellow not red. However, i thought thauvin's challenge early on was a penalty. We did ok against a side who have better players than us in almost every position. Ask yourself this? Would any of our team today get into their first eleven?

PhilYare 5pts

nee shots and nee corners is shocking. same points as the mackems

LeazesEnder 5pts

Victory to Wenger in securing the services of the ref.....

Andgeo 5pts

This happens every time we play arsenal. There is always something going on in the papers the week before we play them. And, the only way they could have won yeaterday was against 10men. I wonder if other clubs experience similar when playing them. Doesn't help when half the press are arsenal fans.

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paul janes 5pts

Both against Swansea and Arsenal who are 'footballing' teams we've to say the least made our presence felt,that is a recipe for yellow and red cards.

As for Mitrovic,well ,optimists are saying he's young and he'll learn I'm not at all sure as his game is based on physicality and he's canny slow,gutted we've signed him in preference to Austin.

Hope I'm proved wrong.

Demented_Man 5pts

No complaints about the referee today. You can't just kick teams off the pitch these days to make up for a difference of class.

PhilYare 5pts

@Demented_Man agreed, even if we had 11 we wouldnt have been interested in venturing near their penalty box. Cech could have had a few pints at the strawberry

1957 5pts

I don't think Arsene and me were at the same game apart from agreeing Mitrovic deserved a red within the letter of the law.if anything the referee set himself from the first minute not to be seen as a 'homer' ignoring the over dramatic falls to the ground by players in red to get fellow professionals booked (simulation surely even if there was contact) and went completely the other way, interesting that Howard Webb and the referees organisation saw fit to come out and back him within an hour, damage limitation?...

I think we have the beginnings of a good team, their committment is fantastic and the crowd fed off that and produced a fantastic atmosphere, last season we would have wilted and the ground would have been silent.

howaymebonnylads 5pts

It's funny you know but I bumped into Arene Wenger after the game and he did a triple salko onto his posterior followed by waving an imaginary card at my mate who happened to have a green t-shirt on.

In all seriousness though, if Olivier Giroud had of stood on Vurnon Anita's foot it would have been an unfortunate mistimed tackle that at worst was  a yellow.  It's every time we play Arsenal they seem to have a knack of throwing themselves to the floor and demanding a card.  If only we weren't so honest and did the same!!!

Toonarden 5pts

Marriner? - He should have stuck to his sailing job.

He certainly threw us overboard to Arsenal and Wenger today.

murvar 5pts

I felt let down by Mitro. 11 v 11 I think we could have caused them problems. One thing we can say for certain is that we are learning how to defend at last. Much has been said about the negativity of playing 2 holding midfielders but all that means to me is that when we attack, one of them remains deeper - they aren't both @holding@ when we are going forward. In the later part of last season we would have lost that game by 3 or 4. Rio F said we would lose by  "2 minimum" before the game - with 11 men!

SteveSmith16 5pts

I've not been the most supportive of the current regime the last couple of years but the officiating today was disgusting, and I feel for those who paid money to watch an evenly contested football game.

The icing on the cake for me was when he played advantage while we were forced to play the ball almost back to Krul from the foul.

Danch2576 5pts

The referee was determined to give Arsenal everything they wanted, nothing the fans did influenced him as the only yellow he dished out to the cheating diving babies from North London saw him them book Gini for not being happy at getting fouled. Joke performance from the ref. Typical arrogant rubbish from Wenger too. We played very well against so called title contenders and had the game been fair we would probably have won it.