Three-time European champions Manchester United were preparing to raid Juventus for one of their players just before the sack of manager Jose Mourinho.
This is according to the publication from The Sun via Metro.
It was revealed that Red Devils chief executive Ed Woodward was planning to sign Juventus star Douglas Costa in a £36m before Jose Mourinho was dismissed as the Manchester United manager on Tuesday.
Portuguese tactician Mourinho found out about the transfer bid for the Brazilian international winger after he was sacked as the Red Devils boss.
Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho paid the price for the disappointing start to the season.
Manchester United have won just seven of the first 17 Premier League games in the new season and they are languishing in sixth spot as a result.
The Red Devils are eleven points away from the top four and a further eight points from the top of the table.
Club legend Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has been named as the interim Manchester United manager until the end of the season and he will be assisted by Mike Phelan.
Until his appointment, former Manchester United striker Solksjaer was the manager of Norwegian top flight side Molde.