Manchester United to offer Adnan Januzaj in bid to sign Juan Cuadrado

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Manchester United could make a late bid to hijack Chelsea’s move for Colombia international Juan Cuadrado by offering Adnan Januzaj to Fiorentina on an 18-month loan deal.

This is according to reports in Italy - and brought to our attention by the Express - which claim Manchester United could overtake Chelsea in the race for the live-wire South American winger by offering Januzaj on a temporary deal.

Chelsea are currently at the front of the queue but appear reluctant to meet the player’s £27 million release clause. Fiorentina, however, are not prepared to sell their prized asset for a lower fee.

Van Gaal makes U-turn over Januzaj?

Whether La Viola would consider dropping Cuadrado’s price for Manchester United, with Januzaj offered in return, is unclear - but the fact Louis van Gaal is prepared to offload the Belgium international represents a surprise U-turn from the Red Devils’ boss.

Van Gaal stated last month that Januzaj would be staying at Old Trafford, despite speculation linking the teenager with a move elsewhere, while the player’s agent told reporters this week that Manchester United have no intention of allowing his client to leave the club.

Agent insists Januzaj will stay at Old Trafford

“Yes, PSG have shown themselves to be interested this winter,” Dirk de Vries was quoted as saying by Foot Mercato, per the Express. “They directly contacted Manchester United for information but Louis van Gaal announced that he cannot leave this winter. Not as a permanent transfer nor as a loan.

“The coach considered him as an important player for squad. He is counting on everyone. It seems like a definitive decision, I don’t think that it can change.”

Januzaj made a rare start for United in last Friday’s 0-0 draw against Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round.

The 19-year-old showed some glimpses of his class, but Van Gaal may have been expecting the winger to have made the most of his opportunity in the form of scoring a goal or providing an assist.

Januzaj has failed to register a single goal or assist under Van Gaal, who has used the talented Belgian sparingly this season.

Last term, his breakthrough season, he provided five assists and scored four goals in the Premier League for the Red Devils - but he has played just 28 minutes of league football since the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in early November.

Cuadrado: Upgrade on Januzaj?

Cuadrado, who lit up the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, might be regarded as an upgrade on Januzaj in the eyes of Van Gaal.

The South American has scored six goals from 23 matches this season, and netted an eye-catching 15 in 43 matches for Fiorentina last term.

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