Sunday 19 November 2017

United ready to offload Januzaj in summer cull

Sunderland's Adnan Januzaj. Photo: Mark Kerton/Action Plus via Getty Images
Sunderland's Adnan Januzaj. Photo: Mark Kerton/Action Plus via Getty Images

James Ducker

Manchester United will listen to offers for Adnan Januzaj this summer.

The Belgium winger has largely failed to impress on loan at Sunderland this season, and United are prepared to offload the 22-year-old so long as they receive an acceptable offer, with France or Italy his most likely destination.

Lyon, Marseille, Monaco and Paris St-Germain have varying degrees of interest in Januzaj, as do Roma, Napoli, Juventus and the two Milan clubs.

There could be interest from Premier League suitors, but Januzaj is thought to favour a move overseas if he leaves Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday that he had made a decision on Januzaj's future, but would not reveal what shape it would take.

However, with the United manager determined to bring in more pedigree firepower this summer as part of his squad restructuring, the Belgian is not expected to survive a cull.

United insisted on a €35m (£30m) buy-back option when they sold Holland winger Memphis Depay to Lyon for a projected £22m in January, although it remains to be seen if they would request a similar clause for Januzaj if he were to depart.


United fended off interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs to tie Januzaj to a new five-year contract in October 2013, two and a half years after he had moved to Old Trafford from Anderlecht.

But the winger failed to kick on after an impressive breakthrough season at United under David Moyes in 2013/14, since when his attitude and application have been routinely questioned.

Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots and Enzo Scifo, the former Belgium U-21 coach, both lost patience with the player, who was also rebuked by Louis van Gaal, Moyes's successor at United.

Van Gaal was dismayed by Januzaj's determination to join Borussia Dortmund on loan last season, rather than a club where he was likely to play regularly.

The move backfired, with Dortmund unimpressed with Januzaj's behaviour, and both clubs agreed to terminate the loan in mid-season.

Mourinho wants to sign four new players this summer: a left-back, centre-half, midfielder and striker.

Wayne Rooney is expected to be the highest-profile leaver, while Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Sam Johnstone and James Wilson also face uncertain futures.

Midfielder Michael Carrick hopes to stay. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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