Manchester United had interest in Costa, says agent

Douglas Costa’s agent has confirmed that Manchester United held a strong interest in signing the Brazilian this summer.

The 28-year-old was rumoured to leave Juventus after playing a bit-part role under Massimiliano Allegri. However, Maurizio Sarri was adamant on selling him.

“I sincerely say that Allegri and Sarri have never thought of letting him go,” agent Giovanni Branchini told the Daily Mail.

“The interest of Manchester United was strong, a club that has always been interested in him. They were not the only club, but in England, they were certainly the most active team on the trail of Douglas Costa.”

“He had countless health problems. Last season he was very often injured. He is wanting to recover with great professionalism after standing still. Juventus never intended to sell him despite the big pressure from United.”

Though Costa is not rushing into a move yet, his agent hasn’t ruled out the possibility of one happening in the near future.

“Douglas is a ‘cool’ professional in the best sense of the word,” Branchini said. “He is able to adapt to everything. Just think of how well he did in Ukraine, in a country totally different from Brazil.”

“He loves Juventus but is able to adapt to every reality. 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.”

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