Jose Mourinho was told Manchester United were planning a raid for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa shortly before being axed as manager, according to reports.
Mourinho’s two-and-a-half year tenure at Old Trafford ended on Tuesday after a miserable campaign so far.
And The Sun claim that the Portuguese boss had it confirmed the club would be making a move for Costa, as well pressing ahead with his wish to land a centre-back, when the transfer window reopens next month.
Mourinho’s relationship with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was showing signs of being increasingly strained prior to his axing.
The Special One felt the club’s reluctance to boost his squad was undermining him, voicing these views in the media.
A centre-back was top of Mourinho’s check list in January, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld the preferred option.
But it has since been revealed that a forward is also high on United’s agenda next month, with Costa mooted for a big-money move.
The Brazilian joined Juve for £36m in the summer from Bayern Munich after previously enjoying a successful loan spell.
But since the arrival of ex-United super star Cristiano Ronaldo he has fallen well down the pecking order in Turin.
He has made just four starts for Juve this season, coming of the bench on 12 occasions.
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