Costa lined up as Ronaldo replacement

Manchester United have expressed an interest in Brazilian starlet Douglas Costa, according to the player's agent. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is on the hunt for a replacement for FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo after agreeing a world record £80 million fee with Real Madrid. And, according to agent Cesar Bottega, the 18-year-old Brazil U20 international - recently dubbed the new Ronaldinho - is being lined up as the man to fill the Portuguese forward's shoes. Costa, a left-footed attacking midfielder who can score direct from free-kicks, broke on to the first-team scene with Gremio in 2008 and netted on his senior debut against Botafogo. “They [Manchester United] have identified four or five possible replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo in the world, and Douglas is one of them,” Bottega told Radio Gaucha. “We have been contacted by several clubs some time ago, including Manchester, but by South American ones as well.” UNITED FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter