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While Monday brought paper speculation that Adnan Januzaj was set to be offered (and accept) a lucrative new contract to remain at Manchester United, Tuesday brings fears he may actually depart Old Trafford next summer.
The 18-year-old has just eight months to run on his current contract with United, and the Daily Mail reports that Barcelona are confident of securing his services.
The newspaper says the Spanish champions have been tracking Januzaj since before he joined United from Anderlecht in 2011 and believe they will be able to lure him to the Nou Camp.
Chris Wheeler writes:
Barcelona are ready to snatch Adnan Januzaj from Manchester United if he rejects a new contract.
The 18-year-old’s stock has risen sharply after his stunning two-goal display on his Premier League debut at Sunderland on Saturday.
But Barca have tracked the teenager’s progress since before he joined United from Anderlecht in 2011. They are ever more confident that Januzaj will move to the Nou Camp when his deal runs out in eight months.
Last week Januzaj's agent, Dirk de Vriese, admitted there was strong interest from abroad, saying, "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."
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph confirms that Januzaj has turned down the chance to be part of Belgium's latest international squad—a great chance for him to book a World Cup place with the country.
Januzaj's heritage means he can play for a number of countries—Belgium, Albania, Serbia and, if they gain full FIFA recognition, Kosovo—and the youngster wants more time to consider where his loyalties lie.
If Januzaj does leave for Barcelona, the Daily Star reckons United might have a response up their sleeve. According to Nick Lustig, the club will move for playmaker Sergi Roberto—who has previously interested Tottenham but has played just 15 minutes for the club this season.