A terrible start to the season could become much worse for Manchester United.
Still stinging from a 2-1 home defeat to West Brom, David Moyes faces the possibility of losing Adnan Januzaj, one of the club’s hottest upcoming talents.
Tension will increase as the young Belgian—whose Old Trafford contract expires at the end of the season—is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top suitors, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Juventus.
The player’s agent has finally spoken publicly about a situation that is becoming more precarious with each passing day. As revealed to Voetbal Niews and reported by Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail, Dirk De Vriese confirms doubts over his client’s future:
I’m not going to say which teams are interested in him, but I can tell you that there is interest from several European clubs.
The departure of Sir Alex Ferguson meant that there was a break in the negotiations. We are back working on the calls and will see how it goes.
Adnan’s family have given me the permission to communicate. As it is only me involved, there can be no misunderstandings in the media.
Januzaj is an emerging figure in the United first team and has impressed on a number of occasions this campaign.
Having performed well during the club’s preseason tour of Asia and Australia, the 18-year-old has been rewarded with substitute appearances in the Community Shield victory over Wigan, Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool and Premier League fixtures with Crystal Palace and West Brom.
Against the Baggies, his confident and creative display was matched only by Wayne Rooney. Moyes brought Januzaj on for Shinji Kagawa during the loss to Steve Clarke’s men and saw him produce an array of mazy dribbles that put the opposition onto the back foot, a rare occurrence throughout the game.
While Moyes is perhaps focused on bringing in a wealth of world-class talents during the transfer window, the Scot would be wise to tie Januzaj’s long-term future up as quickly as possible.
United fans—many of whom have become frustrated with the new boss’ inadequate start—would surely blame Moyes if Januzaj departs to a European rival.
With emotions currently riding high at the Theatre of Dreams, Januzaj’s decision to ink a new deal would offer significant respite in an otherwise hideous start to life after Sir Alex Ferguson.