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EPL: How Sarri blocked Juventus forward’s move to Man Utd

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Giovanni Branchini, Juventus striker agent Douglas Costa, has revealed that Manchester United wanted to sign the player last summer. However, the new manager, Maurizio Sarri, refused to sanction the transfer.

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Costa suffered injury problems last season, limiting the amount of game time he received and United sought to take advantage of this. However, Sarri, who replaced former Chief Massimiliano Allegri, blocked any potential movement.

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Branchini told Sportsmail: “I honestly say that Allegri and Sarri have never thought of letting go. “The interest of Manchester United was strong, a club that has always been interested in the Brazilian. “It wasn’t the only club, but in England it was without a doubt the most active team on the Douglas Costa track.”