Confirmed United target emerges on Citizens' radar

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Manchester City have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Douglas Costa, according to reports.

The Brazilian midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, with Sir Alex Ferguson a known admirer of the Shakhtar Donetsk star.

Agent Cesar Bottega confirmed the interest of Manchester United earlier in the week, with Serie 'A' side Napoli also monitoring the player's situation.

"Several clubs are following him and there was some contact, but no concrete proposal has yet arrived," he told

"Manchester United have liked him since a long time, in Italy there is Napoli which should be an important club for him."

Now, The Metro claims that Manchester City have joined the race to sign the player, with Roberto Mancini monitoring the former Gremio star.


The paper goes on to state the Citizens could go head-to-head with the Red Devils in an effort to bring the 20-year-old to Eastlands. Champions League football could be a pivotal factor, and City will need to finish fourth to compete with their illustrious neighbours for the player.

Manchester United first coveted the player a couple of years back, with scouts sent to monitor the player back in South American when he was just a teenager.

A €6 million move to the Ukraine was made instead back in January 2010, but a potential switch to England now appears to be on the cards a little later than first planned by Manchester United.

Manchester City will be keen to prevent the player joining their rivals at Old Trafford though, and the rivalry could take a transfer form come the end-of-the-season where Costa is involved.

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