Barcelona’s plan to replace the seasoned Dani Alves by a promising Sao Paulo right back Douglas Pereira has been plagued with a series of technical roadblocks.
With the Brazilian Transfer window already closed and a FIFA imposed Financial Fairplay issue hanging around their neck, Barcelona are facing an uphill task to sign the 24-year-old Brazilian defender, who played for Brazil’s U-20 International squad.
Earlier this evening, Sao Paulo coach Muricy Ramalho stated in a press conference that the club might be selling Douglas to Barcelona, but wishes to loan him back for this year. He added that Douglas, who turned 24 earlier this month, would continue to be a part of his plans unless there is a confirmation on the deal.
The mid-season transfer window closes on 20th July in Brazil. Barcelona will not be able to loan Douglas to Sao Paolo FC before the opening of the next transfer window in 2016. However, the Brazilian club is still negotiating with CBF for an extension of the deadline which seems highly unlikely.
The deal is worth $10.5M according to a private source. Douglas comes with a good first team experience, making 167 professional appearances till date. He is expected to be a viable replacement for Dani Alves, who will have to work really hard to hold down a regular spot if his current form plummets at an alarming rate. Dani Alves has one year of contract remaining with Barcelona and is likely to sign for a new club after this season.