Adnan Januzaj could be on his way out of Old Trafford in January as Louis van Gaal considers sending the Manchester United winger on loan to Real Sociedad for the remainder of the season, where he'll be reunited with his old mentor David Moyes.
The Belgian starlet made his senior breakthrough under the tutelage of the former Red Devils boss last term, but has been relatively underwhelming in the early stages of the Dutch coach's tenure, failing to make a significant impact in the first-team.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder - who has become an increasingly marginalised figure at Manchester United - would consider a short-term stint in Spain, where he's likely to be afforded much more regular action, and an opportunity to hone his skills in La Liga.
Januzaj has made 11 appearances for the Red Devils in 2014/15, but the majority of those have been from the bench, with his first start coming against West Brom towards the end of October.
The talented teenager retained his place for the next three Premier League games, but was back on the bench for Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Stoke City and is unlikely to force his way back into Van Gaal's starting XI when Manchester United take on Southampton at St Mary's on Monday.
Article continues below
Van Gaal has Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie all available for selection for the first time since September, so Januzaj faces a difficult task of getting in ahead of each of those players for the south coast clash.
Moyes rewarded Januzaj with a lucrative five-year contract at Manchester United midway through last season after waxing lyrical about his potential, claiming the Belgium international was the most gifted young player he has worked with since Rooney's emergence at Goodison Park.
With that in mind, the Scot would surely jump at the opportunity to take the youngster to San Sebastián, particularly given the fact his modest transfer budget is unlikely to attract that sort of calibre of player to the Anoeta Stadium.
The move would make sense for all parties as it would present Januzaj with a chance to prove his quality to Van Gaal whilst doubts still remain about his attitude and application. The only way he can improve is by gaining more experience which doesn't look like being afforded to him at Old Trafford following the recent raft of summer signings.
Manchester United officials are also reluctant to let the player join a Premier League rival, so a temporary move to Real Sociedad would be much more favourable, and that's why talks between the two clubs are expected in the coming weeks.