Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly instructed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to push through a summer deal for Douglas Costa. The Brazil international is currently in the ranks of Juventus, whom he joined on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich.
According to The Mirror, Mourinho is keen on bolstering the attack front during the summer despite earlier suggesting the club are not in need of additions in the forward department.
It is added that Costa is the prime target on the United’s shortlist, and the club are confident of signing the 27-year-old after receiving ‘sufficient encouragement’ following an initial enquiry for his services.
Juventus have the opportunity to secure Costa’s signature on a permanent move at the end of the season, but United are optimistic that the Serie A holders will turn down the option to enable the attacker’s switch to Old Trafford in a £40m deal.
At present, there does not appear the need for an additional forward recruit, but The Mirror suggests that Mourinho is seemingly worried about the futures of Anthony Martial and Juan Mata beyond the summer.
Martial has been associated with a potential switch to Juventus amid his reduced playing time of late, whilst Mata is supposedly a target for Inter Milan. Both players will enter the final year of their respective contracts during the summer.