MANCHESTER UNITED want either Douglas Costa or Paulo Dybala if they are to sell Romelu Lukaku to Juventus, reports say.
Manchester United have been tipped to sign Dybala from Juventus this transfer window, with the Old Lady eyeing Lukaku.
The Belgium international is keen to leave Old Trafford behind, just two years after touching down from Everton in a £75million deal.
Manchester United would, ideally, like Lukaku to play the role of understudy to Marcus Rashford next term. Rashford has already been told by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he’ll be the club’s No 1 striker next season.
But there is a resignation that keeping an unhappy player would do more harm than good.
And the Daily Mail claim United now want Juventus to give them Costa in return, rather than Dybala.
While they would like to sign Dybala, the Argentina international has frustrated the Red Devils with his hesitancy.
The Juventus star wants talks with Maurizio Sarri about his role at the club, having struggled since Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival last year.
And the report say United have scrapped their plans to lure the forward to England.
However, signing Costa will not be easy either.
The Brazil international is reportedly reluctant to leave Serie A, particularly after an enterprising pre-season with the club.
Costa was reportedly close to moving to United 12 months ago.
But should he move to Old Trafford then he will supposedly be given superstar-status and a leading role in Solskjaer’s rebuild.
Speaking last month, Costa told Express Sport that he was open to playing in the Premier League.
“Maybe one day,” he said when asked about the possibility of strutting his stuff in England.
“But I don’t think I will leave now. I have three more years at Juventus.
“Right now I do not have any option to get out of Juventus. We have a new coach and I look forward to working with him.”
Regarding Dybala, and United’s change of heart could pave the way for him to join Tottenham.
The north London giants are also admirers of the Argentina international and launched a £80million bid to sign him earlier this week.