Louis van Gaal is set to receive a hugely tempting offer from Real Madrid, as Florentino Perez prepares a £33 million bid for Adnan Januzaj, reports The Daily Express.
Citing Marca, The Express claim that Real Madrid are ready to pay big to secure Januzaj, who is considered one of the most exciting talents in world football.
The Belgium international experienced a breakthrough under David Moyes last season and, for a time, was considered Manchester United's best performing player. Old Trafford officials tied Januzaj down to a long-term contract, but their resolve is bound to be tested when Real Madrid come calling.
However, Van Gaal considers Januzaj, 19, as a cornerstone to his project at Manchester United as he looks to rebuild the team when he takes over in July and that could be around Januzaj. Manchester United have the financial strength to resist the offer but that doesn't mean they will not be tempted.
Although Januzaj is an obvious talent, the fact remains that he has only had one season in top flight football. £33 million is a huge mark up on his actual value and Manchester United will have to consider it if such an offer does arrive.
Is it true?
Marca does enjoy close links with Real Madrid and their reports do tend to resound with something close to the truth but in this case, it looks like they may be a little bit off the mark.
Although Real Madrid do not hesitate to spend big on young talent, in this case they would be chasing a lost cause. Manchester United have already taken a public relations battering over the last 12 months and they are unlikely to let their biggest talent leave, regardless of the price.
If there is one thing Manchester United do not need it is money in the bank. What they do need is top talent, which, without Champions League football, is going to be hard to come by. £33 million may look good in the bank but if it can't be reinvested into the squad, there is little point sacrificing the brightest of bright sparks to get it.
Real Madrid are no fools and they will know this. They also have both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to fill the wider roles while links with Real Sociedad Antoine Griezmann seem more viable.
Is he worth it?
Not only does Januzaj have the potential to become something like Ronaldo, he could also be just a marketable. The young talent is set to play a key part in one of the most exciting national squads, Belgium, in world football and will be a mainstay for both Belgium and Manchester United next season.
Although potential means nothing if it isn't reached and Januzaj is yet to show he has the ability to be as prolific as Ronaldo. He still cuts a lanky figure for Manchester United and easily gets muscled off the ball. It's safe to say that he needs to put in plenty of gym work in order to become a force on the field.
Moving to Real Madrid would be perfect for Januzaj, who would benefit from the tutelage of Ronaldo and Bale, both of whom he should be looking to emulate. However, first team football would be harder to come by at the Bernabeu, so staying with Manchester United would seem the wiser choice; at least for the next few years.
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