Adnan Januzaj finally signed a five year contract with Manchester United after months of drawn out negotiations that had been complicated both by Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure and interest from other clubs.
Up until now, no other clubs with interest had been named but according to a reliable source close to Voetbal Nieuws, no less than 12 clubs registered ‘extensive’ interest in the 18-year-old.
The source said: “Juventus, AC Milan, Napoli, AS Roma and Fiorentina very interested in the services of the young Belgian.
“But Real Madrid and FC Barcelona had come forward. They were only too happy to take him to Spain. Rivals Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain were the other hijackers on the coast.”
Voetbal Nieuws were consistently a source of fresh quotes from Januzaj’s agent Dirk De Vriese over the past two weeks, so they had close links to the Januzaj story throughout and are a credible source.
Many questioned United’s ability to lure the biggest stars this summer after the failed pursuits of Cesc Fabregas, Sami Khedira, Ander Herrera but it’s fantastic that Januzaj decided that Old Trafford was the right place for his career to blossom. Januzaj could have moved to any club he wanted but he chose United.
United have a long history of turning promising youngsters into superstars and there is every reason to believe that Januzaj can become our latest star.
Story covered by our Belgian correspondent Jens Cuypers.