According to reports coming from Spain, La Liga outfit Real Sociedad are reportedly hopeful that Manchester United will let Adnan Januzaj leave on a permanent deal this summer.
The 22-year-old midfielder has one year remaining on his current contract at Old Trafford but, after unsuccessful loan moves in previous seasons, Marca claim that Sociedad want a full switch.
It is believed that Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay is adamant that an agreement can be struck between the two clubs, but that United’s £10 million asking price needs to be negotiated down.
What does Januzaj have to offer in Spain?
For somebody whose career started in such promising fashion at Manchester United, after his breakthrough season under David Moyes four years ago, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Januzaj.
Unsuccessful loan spells at German giants Borussia Dortmund – where he only made 12 appearances all season – and Sunderland – failing to score once in the Premier League as the Black Cats limped miserably to relegation to the Championship – have stagnated the Belgian’s potential in recent years.
Yet, there is no doubting that he does possess all of the raw talent needed to be successful in Europe’s top leagues, and a move to La Liga offers an exciting opportunity that he simply can’t afford to miss.
Extremely quick with his feet and a confident dribbler down the wings when at his best, Januzaj has proven that he can tie defenders in knots with his ability to play with both his left and his right foot.
The young Belgian plays with a lot of natural energy in his game, willing to make constant incisive runs in behind a defensive line to try and stretch the opposition, freeing up space for the man on the ball.
He has a delicate touch that always keeps him in close control, while he has developed his final ball nicely during his time at Old Trafford – beginning to find his man in the middle with greater regularity.
The main thing for the 22-year-old is that he needs a morale-boosting season in Spain, after two years of little first-team action. If he has this, there is still time to become a top-class midfielder.
Real Sociedad are a team on the up after a few years spent straggling around mid-table, finishing in a very respectable sixth-place last season, and Januzaj could join up with a promising side.
Reports in the Daily Mail have claimed that Manchester United are happy to offload the Belgian as he’s not deemed to be a part of Jose Mourinho’s future plans at Old Trafford – but the club look set to insist that a buy-back clause is inserted into any deal with Real Sociedad, just in case he fulfills his potential.