MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United is set to reject a loan bid from Everton for midfielder Adnan Januzaj on Monday’s deadline day, this is according to reports.
The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to bring Januzaj to Goodinson Park on a loan deal until the end of the season.
However, it is understood that Man United boss Louis van Gaal has no intentions of letting the 19-year-old winger leave Old Trafford because he still believes the Belgian has a role to play in the squad this season.
Januzaj was a regular last season under David Moyes, but has struggled this term to earn a consistent run in the first team under new manager Van Gaal.
The stylish teenager played the full 90-minutes in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday with both Van Gaal and his assistant manager Ryan Giggs using the outing to take a better look as his progression.
It is believed that both Giggs and Van Gaal want to see an improvement in Januzaj’s decision-making and concentration on the pitch and will continue to monitor his progress.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s attempt to sign a center-back in the January transfer window looks well set to end in failure, as Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos is ruling out a deadline day move to Old Trafford and Matt Hummels is also determined to stay put at Borussia Dortmund until at least the end of the season.
The Red Devils have also been linked with a move for Valencia center back Nicolas Otamendi, but Van Gaal is refusing to pay his current asking price.
Several reports in Spain are claiming that Otamendi would welcome a move to Old Trafford, but the Argentine defender is in no rush to leave the Spanish side in this window, and would rather consider a better offer in the summer transfer market.