Manchester United were in hot pursuit of Douglas Costa but Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri refused to sell him this summer, according to the intermediary who brought the player to Italy.

Brazilian winger Costa suffered from injury problems last season, limiting the amount of game time he received, and United looked to take advantage of this as they went in search of star names to bolster their attack.

However, Sarri - who moved to Turin this summer from Chelsea after replacing former boss Massimiliano Allegri - blocked any potential move.

Giovanni Branchini exclusively told Sportsmail: 'I sincerely say that Allegri and Sarri have never thought of letting him go.