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Man United contact make contact with European giants for £53m Sancho alternative

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Douglas Costa of Juventus

Manchester United open talks with Juventus for Douglas Costa

According to Italian publication Calciomercato (h/t Wales Online), Manchester United have made contact with Serie A champions Juventus over the possibility of signing Douglas Costa this summer.

It is no secret that the club were keen on signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund to bolster the attack. However, with negotiations hitting a brick wall on that front, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now assessing alternatives. (h/t Wales Online)

And Costa has emerged as one of the options for United. The 29-year-old has been with Juventus since 2017, having signed from Bayern Munich, initially on loan, before completing a £36m move a year later.

Douglas Costa is on the radars of Manchester United
Manchester United want Douglas Costa

However, Costa’s time in Turin has been plagued by injuries, due to which he hasn’t been a regular in the side. Costa ended the 2019/20 campaign with three goals and seven assists from 29 appearances in all competitions, although he started just 7 Serie A matches.

The Brazilian international is one of the players that is set to be axed by new Juve manager Andrea Pirlo. (h/t The Sun)

However, the Serie A giants are holding out for a mammoth £53m fee for the 29-year-old injury-prone star. The report, however, adds that Manchester United are looking to pay a significantly lesser sum for Costa. (h/t Wales Online)

Costa will be sold by Juventus this summer
Juventus will sell Costa this summer

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Costa is a proven performer, but is entering his thirties. And, shelling out such amount of money on a player who has spent a large part of the last two seasons out on the treatment tables doesn’t make sense.

After a slow start to the window, it is imperative that the club ramp up transfer activity over the coming weeks in order to not be left behind by our rivals.