In a signing that would not have been placed if the upcoming transfer ban was not happening, Barcelona have signed right-back Douglas from Brazilian side Sao Paulo in a deal worth 5.5 million euros.
The deal seems to have more than an eye on next season as Barca already have right backs Dani Alves and Martin Montoya.
The agreement should take Barca’s summer outlay to around 155 million euros, with the Catalan club stocking up on players due to the one-year transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA.
Barca’s statement on the transfer said the initial fee would be four million euros, with a further 1.5 million to be paid should he make a certain number of first-team appearances.
“Barcelona and Sao Paulo FC have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Douglas Pereira,”
the statement said. “The deal will cost Barça four million Euros with performance variables of another one and a half million based on games blocks.
“Douglas will travel to Barcelona for a medical at the end of this week, when he will also put pen to paper on a five-year deal and be officially presented as the club’s latest summer signing.