With Jadon Sancho proving difficult to sign for Manchester United, the club have looked at alternatives. One of those is Douglas Costa, who was once a target for Sir Alex Ferguson during his Old Trafford reign. And reports claim the Juventus star has now been put up for sale over in Turin.
Manchester United would love to make Sancho their second signing of the transfer window, having already secured the arrival of Donny van de Beek.
As things stand, however, a potential transfer deal remains a long way off completion.
United won’t pay the £108million Borussia Dortmund want for their prized asset, wary of how such actions would look at a time where the coronavirus crisis remains ongoing.
And, as a result, they’ve started looking at alternatives.
Gareth Bale is back on their radar, with Real Madrid determined to get the Wales international off the wage bill this transfer window.
THINK YOU KNOW SPORT? Test your sporting knowledge with our tricky quiz
Kingsley Coman is also being eyed, though signing the Bayern Munich star would be difficult given his heroics in the recent Champions League final victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
And another forward who has been on United’s radar is Costa.
Now, Goal claim Juventus have put the 29-year-old up for sale as a result of his continuous injury setbacks – with the Samba star missing 21 fixtures in total last season.
But, while United have interest in the former Bayern star, it’s clubs from the United Arab Emirates who are currently pressing hardest to sign the 29-year-old.
Costa would prefer to stay at Juventus and prove himself but, for the time being, it looks as though his future is out of his hands.
Man Utd have already signed perfect Donny van de Beek partner in crime
Man Utd at risk of losing Bruno Fernandes and more one day – unless they take action now
What Man Utd chief Ed Woodward thinks about Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho
Meanwhile, United have been urged to make Bale their Sancho alternative by former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch.
“I can see Gareth Bale at Manchester United,” he told Goal, though he went on to admit signing the winger would be a risk given his injury record.
“That would feel like the kind of club where he would fit in and instantly add something to their team and maybe put them back in the mix to win trophies.
“There are not many clubs in the world who could afford his wages, but Manchester United might be one of them and he would have an instant impact if he went there.
“I’m not sure where they are in their efforts to sign Jadon Sancho, but Bale would be an option for them and if he is available on a loan deal, he would be a great signing for any club.
Premier League done deals: Every confirmed transfer in the summer window so far
“The mystery for me is why Real Madrid are so desperate to get rid of him. We don’t really know what has gone wrong for him there because he has achieved so much at that club, scoring crucial goals in Champions League finals and winning everything with them.
“At other clubs, they would be building a statue outside the ground to celebrate him, but he has been treated with disrespect by Real Madrid for a long time now.
“Clearly he needs to find a way to get out of there because he has not played enough football in recent months.
“It would be a bit of a gamble to sign him because his injury record is not great and he would need time to get up to match fitness.
“But a fit and motivated Gareth Bale is a world-class player, there is no doubt about it.”
Get NOW TV Sky Sports season pass and save 25 percent
This article contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission on any sales of products or services we write about. This article was written completely independently, see more details here
Source: Read Full Article