United ‘deal done’ for 'Belgian Beckham' boy wonder

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Highly rated Anderlecht midfielder Adnan Januzaj has agreed a deal in principle that will see him complete a dream move to Manchester United reports

According to club insiders the "deal is done" but the two clubs must arrange a fee which can be paid up front or can be incentive based dependent on future appearances.

Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck confirmed, "We are in negotiations.

"It is going in the right direction, there is no agreement yet, but I think the player will be going to Manchester United."


The youngster, who is of Albanian descent, has been on Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s radar for some time now, and the club finally look to have convinced Januzaj that his future will be best served at Old Trafford.

Reports suggest that Manchester United will pay Anderlecht around £500,000 for the player’s signature.

And despite the Belgian club’s reluctance to let their rising star leave, they do not plan to stand in the way of Januzaj joining the current Barclays Premier League leaders.

"Have Anderlecht lost a star? Only the future will tell us. He is not ready for the first-team, but how many are at 16?

"He does have potential and he had the profile to become a good player at Anderlecht.

"But alas, we do not have that choice, his parents and those around him have decided otherwise - we can only accept it as the regulations are made this way, we are powerless," concluded Holsbeeck.

Fifa rules stipulate that players under the age of 16 cannot move between European clubs reports

But having waited until 5 February when Januzaj crossed that threshold, Manchester United can now proceed with negotiations to bring the ‘Belgian David Beckham’ to Old Trafford on a long-term deal.

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