Having done much of the wheeling and dealing over the last couple of days and having invested significant money on Juan Mata and on Wayne Rooney’s new contract – which is close to be finalised – Manchester United have been given a taste of their own medicine as they received a bid for Adnan Januzaj.
The bid, described as “significant” by the Guardian arrives as somewhat of a surprise, given that the Belgian put pen to paper on new five-year deal in October and David Moyes has since reiterated that he will not even consider the opportunity to send Januzaj on loan, let alone selling him.
Having made his debut against Crystal Palace earlier this season, Januzaj netted twice on his first start as United came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 and hasn’t looked back since, developing into one of the Premier League’s brightest talents and, rather more alarmingly as far as Moyes is concerned, into one of the most important players at United, despite being only 18.
PSG, alongside with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona had hoped to snatch Januzaj away from Old Trafford earlier in the season, when the impasse over a new deal seemed poised to lead to a repeat of the fiasco that surrounded Paul Pogba’s departure, but were left disappointed as the youngster committed his future to United.
The Ligue 1 leaders, however, have kept their interest alive and submitted a new bid, which United turned down immediately, as David Moyes insisted that he won’t allow the Belgian to leave, given he considers Januzaj capable to become one of the best players in the world.
With United six points behind Liverpool, who currently occupy fourth spot, a Champions League place is far from ensured and Januzaj could find himself courted a lot more intensively over the next couple of months, with a couple of clubs that could be tempted into testing Moyes’ resolve.
PSG, meanwhile, have also submitted a £14m bid for Newcastle man Yohan Cabaye, an offer which was immediately refused and which could, according to reports, allow United back in the race for the French midfielder, with a fee of around £25m thought to be enough to lure Cabaye away from the North East.