Inter Milan must ensure they win the race for Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj.
The Belgian has struggled to force his way into the side under new manager Louis van Gaal, and could face a spell away from England in order to recapture the form of last season.
And with David Moyes’ Real Sociedad also interested, Inter must move quickly to ensure they bring one of the planet’s rising stars to the San Siro.
One of the few things that Moyes achieved during his turbulent and fleeting tenure was handing Januzaj his debut and allowing him to become an integral part of the squad.
He made his debut back in August last year in the routine victory over Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield, and proceeded to make 34 appearances across all competitions.
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The highlight was a stunning volley against Sunderland, with that magical strike alerting the entire planet to his potential and also stirring talk of a move to one of either Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid.
He ultimately signed a five-year contract extension with the club, but after a difficult season to date may have to depart the Premier League giants in order to secure a starting berth elsewhere.
With United having spent over £150 million on new players in the summer, Januzaj has found himself forced into the role of substitute and reserve.
He has started just four league games out of a possible 16, and has failed to contribute a goal or assist in the 10 games he has featured in.
Such struggles have alerted Inter and Sociedad to his services, with Van Gaal reportedly unconvinced about his work rate and ability to play at the highest level.
His healthy relationship with Moyes during the Scot’s time at the club makes the La Liga giants favourites to secure his signature, but Roberto Mancini boasts a huge reputation and has the managerial nous to transform him into one of the best wingers on the planet.
Inter’s current squad are far below the standard that the fans expect, but a loan move for the 19-year-old may bolster their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League when the season draws to a close in May.
Not since the days where Jose Mourinho occupied the helm have they been considered a giant of the game, and with finances tight they may be dependent on loan moves when the transfer window reopens in January.
Arsenal’s Joel Campbell is another who could leave England on loan, and would be the perfect alternative if Januzaj opts to go elsewhere.