The Daily Express have reported that Manchester United are believed to be keen on using Adnan Januzaj as a makeweight in a deal to lure Memphis Depay to Old Trafford.
The 20-year-old Belgian has managed only eight starts under Louis van Gaal this season and he may be offered on loan to help PSV Eindhoven bear the burden of Depay’s loss.
Reports suggest that as well as Januzaj, United would be required to pay £25million for the Dutch superstar.
Could the option of taking the Belgian youngster tempt PSV?
Could the youngster, who starred in flashes under David Moyes, begin to compensate for the loss of Depay?
While the Eredivisie is interior to the Premier League, it’s hard to conclude that Januzaj could even begin to replace Depay’s impact at the Philips Stadion.
In 17 appearances in the Premier League this term, Januzaj has neither scored nor conceded. Compared to Depay—who has found the net 21 teams and contributed four assists in 28 appearances, it’s an underwhelming record.
Offensively, the Dutchman has averaged 5.5 shots per game according to WhoScored and completes 2.8 dribbles per match on average.
Januzaj, by contrast, averages 1.4 shots per game and completes just over one dribble per match.
It’s hard to see how the young Belgian could begin to compensate for the loss of Depay!