Again, Manchester United have been linked to a move for Brazilian and Juventus winger, Douglas Costa, after they were reported to have missed the deadline to sign Dortmund star, Jadon Sancho.
Although not yet confirmed by Manchester United, reports have it that Douglas Costa could be one of the possible alternatives for the Red Devils, who are also reported to be looking at Beyern winger, Kingsley Coman.
Manchester United who were said to be still interested in Jadon Sancho even after he was photographed departing with teammates for pre-season in Switzerland, are also looking at other alternatives should the deal for Sancho fails to materialise.
Douglas 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.