“Now they have money! They are trying to buy Costa and one centre-back,” said a source close to Jose Mourinho last week. And just five days later, that certainly appears to be the plan at Manchester United.
Italian TV channel Rai Sport are reporting that a £53.9m offer has been made for Juventus winger Douglas Costa. It would make him the fourth most expensive United signing in history, marginally behind Angel di Maria. And he would only hope to be half as good as his South American compatriot was at Old Trafford.
Costa has just turned 28 and has three and a half years left on a contract he signed when he moved to Italy permanently in the summer. But he has made just four starts in all competitions this season, failing to break out from the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Still, much to the amusement of Mourinho and his many sources, that offer might not be enough for United. Calciomercato report on the original Rai Sport story, and add that ‘there is a refusal’ from The Old Lady. Sporting director Fabio Paratici ‘is not convinced’.
LUK WHO’S TALKING
If only there was some sort of ridiculous swap deal to concoct between the two clubs. That would require 427-time Serie A champion and Champions League favourites Juventus wanting a player from United, of course.
It just so happens that they do. Hell, they want about four of them. Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian have all been linked in some fashion fairly recently.
But Juventus ‘are keeping an eye on’ one more player. And Calciomercato say that man is Scott McTominay.
No, sorry, wait. It’s Romelu Lukaku. My notes are mixed up here. No, it’s definitely Romelu Lukaku. He is seen as a ‘long-term replacement’ for Mario Mandzukic. They’ll probably be after McTominay in the summer when they can get enough money together.
Our trifecta of Italian outlets is complete with Sky Italia, who bring us news of Aaron Ramsey’s future.
Juventus are apparently ‘working on a deal’ to sign the Welshman, whose Arsenal contract expires in the summer. Quite what the update is here, we are not sure.
Calciomercato are good enough to exclusively tell us a little more in terms of how Juventus have ‘jumped the queue’. Basically, Inter and AC Milan cannot match the wage demands of a player who will be a free agent at the end of the season, and therefore free of a transfer fee.
Juventus are not clear however, as the Daily Mail say Bayern Munich are still lurking. So it seems like a two-horse race that will start when Ramsey can sign a pre-contract in January. Oh, how exciting.