Manchester United will allow Adnan Januzaj to leave the club on loan in the current transfer window after Louis van Gaal made it clear he was not in his first team plans, reports The Mail.
This season has been a humbling one for the 19-year-old, who only 15 months ago was awarded the biggest signing-on fee of any teenager in Manchester United history. David Moyes, now of Real Sociedad, handed him a five-year £60,000-a-week deal with a £5 million bonus.
The Belgium international was a key player under Moyes but has made a minimal impact in the Premier League since the arrival of Van Gaal. The Dutchman has started him in just two games this season while other youngsters Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair have been prominent.
Fallen down the rank
Even the injury crisis at Old Trafford has not allowed Januzaj a chance to gain a place in the first team with pundits questioning whether he fits into the controversial 3-5-2 formation. As a result, his stock has plummeted significantly from last February, when PSG reportedly offered Manchester United £40 million for him.
Van Gaal has made it clear to chief executive Ed Woodward that Januzaj will stay on the sidelines for at least the rest of the season and signified that a loan move would be best. The Old Trafford boss does not think Januzaj can play as a wing back and is behind Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria for an attacking role.
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Januzaj had flourished in a number ten role for Manchester United in his stunning breakthrough season but is not seen as good enough to undertake the role in this current squad. Now a loan move looks likely with several clubs thought to be tracking the situation.
Naturally, Moyes has been linked with a bid to bring him to his new club. The Scot ranked Januzaj very highly, inviting him into the first team almost immediately after taking charge in 2013. Sociedad would suit Januzaj's style of play, but Van Gaal may be keen to keep him in the Premier League.
Aston Villa are also reportedly interested in taking him on loan in a bid to boost their survival chances.