Inter Milan are hopeful of signing Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on an 18-month loan deal, with a view to purchasing the player on a permanent contract in the summer of 2016.
The Serie A club, now managed by Roberto Mancini, have put Januzaj at the top of their most-wanted list with the teenager struggling to make an impact at Old Trafford in his second professional season under Louis van Gaal.
This is according to Italian website Sport Mediaset, who report that Januzaj's father has been in contact with Inter. A FIFA agent, meanwhile, is currently in the process of trying to organise the deal to take the Belgian to the San Siro next month.
Chelsea could be affected
Mancini has drawn up a list of potential January targets, and Januzaj currently sits top of the list. But if Inter successfully lure the Belgium international to Italy then Chelsea will also be affected.
Jose Mourinho is keen to find a temporary club for out-of-favour winger Mohamed Salah, and Inter is a possible destination. However, the Nerazzurri will only be interested in taking the Egypt international on loan if they fail to strike an agreement with Manchester United for Januzaj.
Article continues below
Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is another target - although Inter acknowledge that it'll be difficult to bring the Argentina international back to Serie A - while Alessio Cerci is also on Mancini's radar after a difficult first few months with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
Januzaj: Difficult second season
Januzaj was tipped to enjoy a big season under Van Gaal after a tremendous debut campaign under David Moyes - and this prediction was further heightened after he was handed the number 11 shirt, vacated by Ryan Giggs at the end of last season.
But Van Gaal has struggled to find a place for Januzaj in his starting line-up. In the last five Premier League matches, the youngster - who was nominated for the 2014 Golden Boy award - has played just one minute.
And, as a direct result of his lacking of playing time this term, Januzaj has failed to register either a goal or an assist since the end of last season.
18-month loan deal unlikely
Despite the fact he has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, it's very unlikely that Manchester United will agree to loan him out for anything longer than six months.
While the chances of the Red Devils even considering selling the player within the next 18 months currently appear non-existent.
Whether or not Van Gaal has a different take on the situation will soon become clear.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms