Tottenham Hotspur would be wise to chance their arm with a bid for a Manchester United player struggling for game-time but full of talent.
According to a recent report from Goal.com, Manchester United could be prepared to offer Adnan Januzaj in part-exchange for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane this summer, but there is an alternative option that Spurs should consider.
However much United offer Tottenham for the England international, it is almost impossible they will sell their star player when he is so young and only recently signed a new long-term deal at the club. So while we can all but dismiss the Kane rumours out of hand, why shouldn’t Spurs chairman Daniel Levy make a move for Januzaj regardless?
After all, the Belgian international has fallen way down the pecking order at United since Louis van Gaal took charge.
While under former manager David Moyes Januzaj was a key element of the team, this season he has failed to replicate the form of his debut campaign and has been used more sparingly.
In his debut campaign at United, Januzaj featured 35 times for the senior side, including 27 times in the league, but under van Gaal that has dropped to 21 appearances with just 18 of those coming in the top flight and with considerably more appearances from the bench.
If Januzaj really is surplus to requirements at United – and that remains a big ‘if’ – he would be perfect for Tottenham – a young, hugely talented wide player with the skillset to ultimately become one of the best number 10s in Europe.
For that very reason United are unlikely to do business, but Tottenham may be wise to chance their arm.
After all, the more big-money stars that follow Memphis Depay and Angel Di Maria to Old Trafford, the fewer chances Januzaj is likely to have, but he could be a creative catalyst for Mauricio Pochettino’s side for years to come.