Manchester United are reportedly ready to offload young Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj in the summer.
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Manchester United are prepared to sell academy graduate Adnan Januzaj and are willing to listen to offers for the Belgian midfielder in the summer transfer window.
Januzaj joined the Manchester United academy from Anderlecht in 2011, and rapidly progressed through the ranks before making his senior debut for the club as an 18 in September 2013.
2013/14 subsequently turned out to be his breakthrough season at Old Trafford, as he was one of the few shining lights in a miserable campaign for the Red Devils. In all, he played 27 Premier League games for Manchester United in that season, bagging four goals and as many assists to be touted as the next big thing in Europe.
However, his career has failed to take off from that impressive debut season. The arrival of Louis van Gaal saw the 22-year-old fall down the pecking order, managing to start 9 games in two seasons.
A loan spell with Borussia Dortmund didn’t work either, as Januzaj could make just 6 appearances off the bench, and he was sent away on loan yet again at the start of the current campaign, this time to Sunderland.
However, things haven’t improved much at the Stadium of Light either, with the Belgian international only able provide three assists in 21 Premier League games for the Black Cats. As a result, it has now emerged that Jose Mourinho is ready to sell Januzaj when the transfer window reopens in June.
This is in stark contrast to his comments earlier in the season when the Manchester United manager insisted that Januzaj remained in his long-term plans. However, with the youngster failing to make any sort of impact whatsoever in his time away from the club, it looks like Mourinho has changed his mind.
Mourinho had, last Friday, hinted that he had made a decision on Januzaj’s future, and if the report is to be believed, that could be about the midfielder departing from Old Trafford. His priority is to improve his squad, and with the player not bringing much value to it, the decision to sell him does seem to be the right one.
There is no shortage of suitors for Januzaj either, with the report claiming that Lyon, Marseille, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in taking him to Ligue 1, while the likes of Roma, Napoli, Juventus and the two Milan clubs are willing to offer Serie A football to him.
Several Premier League clubs have also made enquiries about his availability, but the player prefers a move away from England. It now remains to be seen if any concrete offer comes Manchester United’s way, but Januzaj’s career with the club certainly seems to be nearing its end.