With a future away from Manchester United now looking a distinct possibility, Adnan Januzaj has caught the eye of AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella, as the coach now attempts to fill the void left by Jeremy Menez.
After assessing the options at his disposal, the former Azzurri striker has quickly settled on a 4-3-3 formation for the forthcoming season, that will now see two wingers flank one lone striker.
At this stage, it is unclear who will fill such a role, given Menez’s recent move to Bordeaux and the persistent speculation over the futures of Suso and Keisuke Honda. As such, attention has turned to instead purchasing a replacement, with Januzaj among those mooted for the problem position.
Despite being the impending Chinese takeover, the Diavolo are still not properly awash with money as they wait for a substantial cash injection. A deal for Boca Juniors midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur appears to be close to completion, yet a move for Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado remains a real outside bet.
With this in mind, out-of-favour starlet Januzaj could well be a far more attainable target for Montella given his status as an expendable member of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United squad.
The Portuguese tactician has already told the 21-year-old that he will not be a part of his squad in 2016-17, and the youngster will now look to leave Old Trafford in search of regular football.
Januzaj, who has also been linked with a loan transfer to Premier League side Sunderland, spent part of last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund in Germany, scoring just one goal in just seven appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s men.
He is, however, still a well-regarded prospect in the game, and Milan will have their work cut out securing a deal should they choose to enter the race for his signature this summer.