Man United once again linked with Brazilian winger Douglas Costa

Manchester United have once again been linked with a move for Brazilian winger Douglas Costa by reports in the Manchester Evening News.

What’s the word?

It is being reported by MEN that Solskjaer is keen to take advice from United legend Sir Alex Ferguson as the caretaker manager looks to have his say on the club’s transfer plans.

One name being touted is long-term target Costa, who was first linked to the Old Trafford outfit nearly a decade ago before he joined Shakhtar Donetsk and then Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old only moved on from the Bundesliga giants on a permanent basis in the summer, but his spell at Juventus could be cut short following limited game time since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

After the former Real Madrid figure moved to Italy, Costa has been handed 18 appearances for The Old Lady, but only four have been starts.

Senior United sources have now told MEN that the club have a list of targets and are open to reinforcing the squad.

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Finally signing a proven right winger

Costa was also identified as a United target in the summer as the Red Devils sought a proven winger to field on the right flank, which proved a real problem position during Mourinho’s spell at the club, but later turned their attention to defensive options.

Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford have both spent time playing the key role this season, but neither Englishman is naturally suited to the position. Juan Mata, too, can be fielded on the right flank but the creative Spaniard struggles to hold down a consistent spot in the starting XI.

If Solskjaer can lure the winger to the Premier League, he would be acquiring a proven talent who recorded 14 assists and six goals in all competitions last season. Transfermarkt value him at £40.5million, although at the age of 29 he would seem to fall into the short-termist thinking that United appear keen to move away from.