When Adnan Januzaj inherited the number 11 shirt following Ryan Giggs’ retirement in 2014, it seemed like a natural progression from one legendary winger to his protégé.
However, it is fair to say the Belgian maverick has not quite lived up to expectations. A rare bright spark in David Moyes’ dour eight-month reign, Januzaj fell out of favour under both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, disappointing loan spells at Dortmund and Sunderland further damaging his reputation.
Januzaj's career went downhill when Moyes was sacked at Old Trafford
As such, few fans would bat an eyelid at reports in the Mirror that the 22-year-old is set to sign for Real Sociedad for £9.8 million – and that is a sad indictment of this former phenomenon’s failure to build on his potential.
Although few Celtic supporters will be too disappointed either. The fleet-footed winger certainly captured the imagination of many fans after the Press and Journal reported that he was a target for the Scottish champions this summer.
After all, who better to get his career on track than Brendan Rodgers?
In the eyes of many others, however, his perceived lack of work rate and an alarmingly poor goal record would make Januzaj more trouble than he was worth.
And although Rodgers indicated that he was willing to break the Hoops’ £6 million transfer record this summer, via The Express, few would argue that Januzaj has done enough to make history at a club of Celtic’s stature.
Reports that he is close to moving to Spain for a deal close to £10 million suggests that the risk simply was not worth taking for Celtic.
After all, if you based his valuation on Januzaj's form at Sunderland last season, United would be lucky to sell him for a fraction of that fee.