United boosted in £15m Sneijder alternative chase

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Shaktar Donetsk have admitted they would be willing to sell star midfielder Douglas Costa if the right price is offered, opening the door to Manchester United to make a move.

Costa has been linked to a possible deal with Roma, but Shaktar boss Mircea Lucescu insists nothing has been made official.


"I know that Roma are interested in Douglas Costa and have made the first steps to sign him,” Lucescu said.

“Nothing official has been done yet, but I’d prefer to keep him in the squad because he is young, only 20 years old, and had a great start to his time with us.

“We’ll be playing in the Champions League and he has a group of Brazilians in Donetsk with him.

“However, if I am put in a position to sell, then there’s nothing I can do about it. I won’t keep players who do not want to be here, but Douglas Costa is certainly a great talent.”

Manchester United have long been linked with Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, but with the star demanding wages of up to £250,000 a week, Costa is seen as cheaper option for a move to United.

Costa is also rated by the Manchester Evening News at £15 million, which is a fair amount cheaper than Sneijder’s evaluation by both United and Inter of £35-40 million.

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