Maurizio Sarri reportedly blocked Manchester United’s summer approach for Douglas Costa after joining Juventus from Chelsea.
Juventus winger Costa was believed to have been one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s key targets during the transfer window.
But Sarri was not keen on selling the 28-year-old, having decided to keep him in Turin after leaving Chelsea to become Juventus manager.
This is according Giovanni Branchini, the intermediary who oversaw Costa’s move to the Serie A giants in 2017.
“I sincerely say that Allegri and Sarri have never thought of letting him go,” Branchini told the Daily Mail.
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“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.”
The Brazil international was limited to just 17 league appearances last season due to injury.
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Those injury problems have not hindered his start under Sarri, however, with Costa already recording two assists in two games this term.
Branchi added: “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.
“Douglas is a ‘cool’ professional in the best sense of the word. He is able to adapt to everything. 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.”