Prior to Adnan Januzaj agreeing a new long-term contract at Manchester United, rumours began to circulate of interest from clubs both in England and abroad. Manchester City were mentioned, as were Paris Saint-Germain, but to any and every suitor’s disappointment, the teenager quickly put pen to paper at Old Trafford.
But that did not stop the reports of interest from the French champions. And the Express are among the newspapers now suggesting PSG are readying a £40million summer bid for United’s brightest talent since Cristiano Ronaldo.
Given that Januzaj’s contract runs until 2018, David Moyes need not worry. But there is a very simple reason why United would never sell for the fee currently being reported.
Despite £40million being a considerable amount of money in anyone’s book, the 19-year-old has the talent and the determination to become a player who could one day demand a transfer fee of twice that much.
And before people accuse me of hyperbole, consider that PSG have also been linked with a reported £70million move for Paul Pogba – who is just a year older than United’s Belgian forward.
The first reason why United would not sanction such a move is because Januzaj is simply too important to them. He is the player Moyes can build his side around.
But when a player is tied to a long-term contract, and is already showing far more than glimpses of the superstar he could one day become, £40million just does not cut it anymore.
That is the problem football has made for itself. Multi-million-pound deals do not mean what they used to. Not when four years down the line – if all goes according to plan – United will have a player every bit as valuable as the best in the game.
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