Manchester United are open to let Adnan Januzaj leave this summer after the youngster completed a season on loan to Sunderland.
According to a report by The Sun, Jose Mourinho will look to sell Januzaj for £8 million after a lacklustre performance on loan to newly-relegated Sunderland in the recently concluded Premier League campaign.
Januzaj was extremely promising at United but something went wrong for him which led to a string of disappointing performances. The way he impressed in his initial games probably led to a lot of expectations from him. But, unfortunately the Belgian failed to deliver.
The young midfielder was hailed as a wonderkid when he first made an impact on the global football scene with blistering performances under David but gradually declined in form as Louis van Gaal took charge of Manchester United.
Once Jose Mourinho’s reign began, Januzaj was loaned to Sunderland and he has failed to make a strong impact – he only recorded one goal over the entire course of the season.
Despite 24 appearances, Januzaj has been labelled a disappointment at the club. The fans seem frustrated by his increasingly poor performances and was even booed by some Sunderland fans during their 1-0 defeat at Watford.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has been interested in signing Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and that gives us an idea as to the kind of winger the Portuguese wants at the club. That position will be given to an experienced and strong player who is capable of providing product over everything else.
Adnan Januzaj’s performances at Sunderland prove that he does not fit the profile. Mourinho seems to be seeking a more traditional winger following a season where Anthony Martial failed to deliver while Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems to be still
One player who is likely to get into Mourinho’s good books is Andreas Pereira. The young Brazilian has also returned after a loan spell at Granada and is understood to have impressed the manager with his displays for the relegated club.
Additionally, Mourinho is determined to strengthen United’s midfield and is also keen on signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid in order to facilitate a smooth transition from defence to counter-attacking on field. The manager needs quality signings this summer to tackle Champions League and Premier League commitments next season.