Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has confirmed that the La Liga side will pursue the signature of Manchester United outcast Adnan Januzaj this summer.
The Belgian, following a disappointing loan spell under David Moyes at Sunderland during which he failed to register a single Premier League goal, will be sold by Jose Mourinho before the 2017/18 campaign.
Reports earlier this month suggested that Sociedad – alongside Fenerbahce, Marseille, Lyon and Celtic – were interested in handing Januzaj a lifeline following a sustained period on the periphery at Old Trafford.
And Aperribay, speaking to Mundo Deportivo, confirmed that Sociedad would look to pursue the 22-year-old this summer.
“It’s true that we are interested [in Januzaj] but we are not in talks with Manchester or with him,” he said.
“We are waiting for the decision of Manchester United and then we will act. There are more teams interested in him and his signing won’t be easy.”
There is, by no means, a dearth of a clubs interested in Januzaj – a winger who has, with every underwhelming campaign that has followed his breakthrough spell under David Moyes, depleted further in confidence and ultimately emerged as something of an enigma. Over three and a half years have passed since that brace against Sunderland; he has managed just four goals since.
And yet, sides from further afield clearly see the attraction of luring a player like that to their club. A bid for Januzaj is not just a bid to aid their squad but, in turn, to resurrect his suffocating career, and if they do prove successful other players with a similar background may follow with a similar purpose.