Manchester United were strongly linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa during the summer transfer window, and the agent of the Brazilian Giovanni Branchini has admitted that the rumours were true.
Costa only managed seven league starts for Juventus last season under former boss Massimiliano Allegri and he was keen on an exit, but Maurizio Sarri was appointed at the end of last season, and the former Chelsea boss didn’t want Costa to leave.
“I sincerely say that Allegri and Sarri have never thought of letting him go,” Costa’s agent Giovanni Branchini told 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.”
Sarri sees Costa as an important player at Turin, and Branchini insists Costa is determined to take his game to the next level after a frustrating season under Allegri last term.
“Douglas has had countless health problems,” he added.
“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.”