Man Utd explore buyback option for €60m midfield flop
Manchester United have reportedly made a shock move to re-sign Adnan Januzaj from Real Sociedad.
It’s a leftfield link from Spanish outlet Don Balon, especially when you consider the fact he managed just four goals and three assists in LaLiga last season.
The 25-year-old has scored twice in six appearances this season, but has not been pulling up any trees in San Sebastian.
Apparently though “at Old Trafford they have already reached out to him, and want to win back the Belgian international”.
The former Belgium international had an unsuccessful spell with United in 2013/14.
He looked a promising talent when he burst on to the scene, but he was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland. He was eventually moved on by Louis van Gaal and went to Spain.
Januzaj has been with the LaLiga side since 2017 and is under contract until 2022.
If the report is correct then United will have to pay around €35m for the player they sold for £8m.
That fee could have hit £9.8m with add-ons. However, the key factor is that United are said to have placed a buyback clause in the deal.
€60m exit clause
The Manchester Evening News, among others have reported that United have first refusal on Januzaj, who has a €60m exit clause in his contract.
United also have a 30% sell-on clause on the player, who was recently linked with Southampton.
Mundo Deportivo have suggested that Saints are lining up a €25m offer in January.
Sociedad are keen to extend his deal, but HLN claims Januzaj is looking for a move away. The outlet claims the winger wants to move to keep alive his dream of playing for Belgium at the Euros.
As such, HLN reports that both south-coast rivals Southampton and Brighton are keen on a deal.
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