Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj turned down an “astonishing deal” from Paris Saint-Germain in order to sign a new five-year contract with the Red Devils earlier this season.
The 19-year-old’s agent, Dirk De Vriese, has revealed that the oil-rich French champions were prepared to offer his client “anything” in order to ditch United and sign for the Ligue 1 outfit. However, De Vriese added that while Januzaj rejected PSG, he still became the world’s highest-paid youngster after putting pen-to-paper on a new deal with the Premier League giants.
"I can say Adnan's the best paid youngster in the world,” he told Sport Voetbal. "He earns more than [Cristiano] Ronaldo & [Lionel] Messi when they were 18.
“Five minutes before Adnan signed a new deal at Manchester United, PSG offered us an astonishing deal. As Adnan was a free agent at the end of the season, the Qatari [owners] were ready to offer anything.
"Anything, like in wages and signing on fees."
Januzaj burst onto the scene earlier this season and has been one of the club’s few shining lights in an otherwise disastrous campaign. The youngster - who is blessed with a cultured left-foot, superb vision and a fantastic temperament - scored a brace on his first start for the Red Devils, against Sunderland last October, and was even nominated for the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year award in December.
The England national team had hopes of persuading Januzaj to represent the Three Lions before he eventually decided to pledge his future to his native Belgium last month. De Vriese said that although the opportunity to represent England would have benefitted his client financially, his decision was not one motivated by money.
"It could have been interesting from a commercial point of view,” he added. "But money has never been a deciding factor in his choice."