The agent of a Juventus star has confirmed that Manchester United were pressing to sign his client in the past transfer window, and has not ruled out a future move to the Red Devils.
Brazilian winger Douglas Costa first joined Juve on loan in 2017, before his move was made permanent a year later when he signed for the Italian giants for a transfer fee of about €40 million (R650 million).
Having been in and out of the team since his arrival in Turin, a few teams across Europe have tried to lure him away from the Serie A champions, but all attempts have so far failed.
His agent, Giovanni Branchini, has now confirmed United are interested in his player.
"I sincerely say that (former Juventus manager Massimiliano) Allegri and (current Juve boss Maurizio) Sarri have never thought of letting him go," he 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. Douglas has 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."
He was then asked if he believes Costa would be able to adapt to the Premier League.
"Douglas is a 'cool' professional in the best sense of the word. He is able to adapt to everything," he added.
"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. 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."
Despite winning four trophies during his time with Juve, Costa has scored just seven goals in 74 matches for the Bianconeri so far.
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