The Belgian burst onto the worldwide scene in emphatic fashion under David Moyes back in 2013, impressing many with a series of mesmerising performances out wide, but quickly drifted into anonymity under Louis van Gaal.
He was loaned out to Sunderland over the summer after failing to secure a spot in Mourinho’s first team during pre-season.
And according to the Independent‘s Jack Austin, Mourinho – unimpressed with how Januzaj has performed during his time in Wearside – has instructed the board to consider offers as low as £8m, despite the youngster being valued at around £15m.
This is indeed a dramatic change of attitude towards transfer policy from Mourinho. The 53-year-old, in recent weeks, forced Everton to improve their £19m bid for Morgan Schneiderlin and labelled Lyon’s £13m offer for Memphis Depay as “far from reasonable.”
These were players Mourinho clearly respected, but it was clear that the pair were never going to breach the starting XI. Nevertheless, he demanded more than what was initially offered for the two outcasts.
With Januzaj, however, the Portuguese is willing to see him leave for less than what he is actually worth – a clear sign that the 21-year-old, firstly, is not part of his plans at Old Trafford and, secondly, considered way below the standard required to succeed at United.