Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Juventus winger Douglas Costa as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks for alternatives after missing Borussia Dortmund’s deadline to sign Jadon Sancho on Monday Morning.
United were given until Dortmund departed for their pre-season training camp in Switzerland to wrap up a sensational £108million move for the England star. But the German side departed on Monday morning with Sancho on the plane.
Solskjaer must now look elsewhere for wingers if United chiefs cannot convince Dortmund to do a deal for Sancho in the coming weeks.
Costa is believed to be one of those with the Serie A champions preparing for an exodus of first-team stars this summer, according to reports.
The Brazilian winger failed to make an impression on former Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, starting just six league games all season as the Old Lady retained their Scudetto title.
The Turin side confirmed the appointment of Andrea Pirlo as the club’s new manager last weekend following Sarri’s sacking and Juventus are preparing wide-scale exits as a result.
And according to Tuttosport, Costa is one of five players set to be sold by the Turin side this summer with Manchester United having a strong interest in the 29-year-old’s signature.
The report also says that midfield duo Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira are also set to be moved on this summer as Pirlo plans a rejuvenation of the Juventus squad.
Reports in Italy state that Khedira’s contract could be terminated by mutual consent, while World Cup winner Matuidi has been linked with a move to David Beckham’s MLS franchise Inter Miami.
Meanwhile, one or two full-backs could end up leaving the Serie A champions, with Brazilian defender Alex Sandro and Mattia De Sciglio most likely to leave.
Costa joined Juventus from Bayern Munich in 2017 on an initial loan deal, before completing a £32million move from the German side a year later.
However, since making the move to Turin permanent in 2018, the Brazilian has scored just two Serie A goals and registered six assists since then.
He fared slightly better in Germany, scoring 14 goals in 77 matches for the Bayern Munich after completing a £22million from Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
Meanwhile, Alex Sandro and Khedira have both been at Juventus for five years and played instrumental roles in Massimilano Allegri’s title-winning squads.
Matuidi and De Sciglio also joined at the same time in 2017 and while the Frenchman was a first-team regular, the latter was used sparingly by both Allegri and Sarri.