Everton are plotting a shock loan swoop for Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj, with Roberto Martinez assessing options with regards to improving his squad.
That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who claim that Januzaj can make a Goodison Park switch if he informs his current club of a desire to depart. It’s something that might appeal to him given the relative lack of game-time he’s had at Old Trafford this season, with Louis van Gaal not ready to give him as many opportunities as David Moyes did last term.
Martinez for Januzaj
It’s believed that Martinez will make a late move to land the 19-year-old today, though could return to the hunt in the summer if he’s rejected. If that is the scenario that plays out then the Spaniard may move to secure a permanent transfer rather than a temporary one, with Van Gaal planning a big overhaul.
So far this season Januzaj has made just 12 appearances in all competitions, and has yet to find the back of the net. In the pecking order he’s below the likes of Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata, and unless either of those two sustain a lengthy injury it’s likely he will remain a peripheral figure.
Lack of creative spark
In contrast he’d be afforded plenty of chances at Everton, with Martinez’s squad lacking the same creative spark that saw them take the league by storm last campaign. The Toffees have looked surprisingly bland this year, and their position of 12th has left the manager with plenty to sweat about.
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In that respect the capture of Januzaj could be a major boost, with the Belgium international already having a reputation that ranks him as one of the most exciting young talents in Europe. It’s that very reputation, and the meteoric rise to fame he enjoyed under Moyes that begs a question regarding how satisfied he’ll be to remain at Old Trafford.
The report from MEN states clearly that it will be at his own discretion whether or not he moves, with Van Gaal having already rejected outright interest from Paris Saint-Germain this month. The Dutchman isn’t keen to lose the youngster mid-way through the campaign, but he may not have a choice.