Juventus are weighing up a move for Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, having missed out on the chance to land Wesley Sneijder this month.
According to the Daily Express, backed up by quotes by Juve chief Beppe Marotta, the Old Lady are ready to bid for both Januzaj and Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Massimo Allegri looking to ensure their title pursuit ends in success. Porto star Rolando makes up a desirable trio, with Marotta appearing to confirm that the players are indeed on the club’s radar.
"Mkhitaryan, like [Porto's] Rolando, is a player who would work well within our project," he said.
"Yes, he is on our list, but at the moment he is just a hypothesis."
"Mkhitaryan and Januzaj are two great players but I do not know if their clubs intend to sell them."
"Mkhitaryan and Januzaj are two great players but I do not know if their clubs intend to sell them"
Of the three targets it would surely be Januzaj’s transfer that would cause the most buzz, with the Belgium international having burst onto the scene at Old Trafford last year in a sensational breakthrough campaign.
Januzaj at United
The youngster is widely regarded as one of the only things David Moyes managed to get right during his doomed reign, and yet his form has faltered since the arrival of Louis van Gaal.
In the Dutchman’s system Januzaj has very much taken a back seat to the likes of Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata, and it’s believed that he’s growing frustrated as he languishes on the bench.
His stock has dropped so far that it’s been claimed in France that Paris Saint-Germain no longer want to part with money to take him to the Parc des Princes, but that’s unlikely to stop Juve, who have made a star out of former United starlet Paul Pogba.
Juve to land trio?
It remains to be seen if Van Gaal will be willing to let him leave however, as if he does so it can be expected that there will be backlash from the fans. Many see Januzaj as the most talented rising star in the Premier League, and the club certainly don’t want to see a repeat of the Pogba situation.
Moves for Mkhitaryan and Rolando might not be so difficult to engineer, with Dortmund languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga table and Porto not considered one of Europe’s elite sides. With Juve bidding to claim yet another Scudetto the allures of Turin are obvious, though it’s still unlikely Januzaj will be swayed by such a notion.