Douglas Costa’s entourage has claimed that Manchester United had a ‘strong interest’ in the winger this summer, but manager Maurizio Sarri had no intention of letting the player leave Juventus.
Injury problems meant Douglas only managed seven league starts for Bianconeri last season and the 28-year-old forward was heavily linked with a transfer away from Turin ahead of the 2019/20 term.
However, Maurizio – who took over the reins from head coach Massimiliano Allegri in mid-June – views Douglas as a key part of his project at the Old Lady and stood firm while the South American’s future was in serious doubt.
He has since started the Serie A heavyweights’ two opening games of the season against Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli and Roberto D’Aversa’s Parma, providing two assists versus the latter at the Allianz Stadium.
‘I sincerely say that Allegri and Sarri have never thought of letting him go,’ Costa’s representative Giovanni Branchini told a British daily newspaper the Daily Mail.
‘The interest of Manchester United was strong, a club that has always been interested in the Brazilian.’
‘It was not the only club but in England it was certainly the most active team on the trail of Douglas Costa.’
He refused to rule out his client joining a Premier League outfit in the future ins pite of Manchester United’s failed pursuit this summer transfer window.
‘The Premier League is a beautiful championship but for now United have failed in all their attempts to convince Juventus to sell him. The player remained in Turin and is a champion.’