MADRID, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona announced the signing of Sao Paulo's full back Douglas Pereira on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Brazilian defender made 95 appearances, scoring four goals for Sao Paulo after joining the club from his hometown team of Goias in 2012.
He is known as a fast, attacking right back and has been signed to be a long term replacement for Dani Alves, whose future at the club has been questioned despite starting Sunday's 1-0 win at home to Elche.
Barcelona confirmed the deal will cost an initial 4 million euros, (around 4.5 million US dollars) with a further 1.5 million euros to be paid in installments.
Douglas will travel to Barcelona at the end of the week to sign a five-year deal and to be officially presented to the fans and the press.
Should Alves remain at the club for this season, there is a chance that Barcelona could decide to loan Douglas to another team, or back to Sao Paulo for the rest of the campaign. But in the wake of Barcelona's FIFA ban from signing players until January 2016 as a result of irregularities in signing foreign players for the youth system, it is clear that Barca have moved to buy Douglas with one eye on the future.