Sir Alex Ferguson has turned his attentions to Shaktar Donetsk’s Douglas Costa, with the Manchester United manager seeing the midfielder as a cheaper alternative to top target Wesley Sneijder, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Costa's agent, Cesar Bottega, admitted that United had registered their interest in the star.
“I have had some contacts with important teams in Italy, Spain and England,” Bottega said.
“Manchester City and Manchester United have informed themselves [about the player]. If an opportunity from an important league arrives then we will consider it."
Manchester United have been on the look out for a midfielder ever since Paul Scholes retired at the end of the season. And though Ferguson and Scholes have both insisted that United are not looking for a direct replacement, chief executive David Gill has admitted that one more player will likely join the club in the next month.
While United have long been connected to Sneijder, the Inter Milan playmaker’s wages are said to be a huge hitch in a deal going through. Sneijder is currently on £250,000 a week in Italy, a figure that most definitely can’t be matched by United.
But Costa is not on a wage nearly that high, and while City are also interested in the star, United look ready to spend big to fill the last piece of their puzzle, and will surely be willing to outbid any rivals in their pursuit of the playmaker.