Exciting young Manchester United talent Adnan Januzaj is set to be sent out on loan after finding appearances hard to come by this season, according to the Daily Mail.
Januzaj has made eight less starts than he had managed by this stage of the 2013/14 campaign, with greater competition for places and less games to go round at Old Trafford.
Fittingly for a player of his gifts clubs credited with an interest in borrowing the Belgian include some of the continent’s leading lights.
The Sun reports Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Porto all to be trailing the 19-year-old, with a view to bringing him in as a hired gun.
While a sojourn at either PSG or Juve – European heavyweights in a financial and historical sense respectively – may seem more prestigious, there can be little doubt that a spell in Portugal would be most beneficial for David Moyes’ protégé.
Just ask long-term member of the Barcelona periphery Cristian Tello, who has been making hay with the Dragons since inking a two-year loan switch in the summer.
The Spaniard has struck two goals and a handsome eight assists in 21 outings for Julen Loptegui’s side, already enjoyed seven more starts and 300-plus minutes on pitch greater than he got during the entirety of the 2013/14 season at Barca.
Januzaj would find game time far harder to come buy in Paris, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck all eye positions in the front three.
At Juventus meanwhile, it would be difficult to see where the young wide-forward-cum-number-ten would fit into their tried and tested 3-5-2 setup.
Temporary tenure at the Dragao makes far more sense, with the Portuguese side playing a kind of 4-3-3 sympathetic to the Belgian and blessed with fewer internationally-lauded forwards to displace.
In a Primeira Liga that boasts more than it’s fair share of makeweights Januzaj will be able to express himself with confidence while still having access to European Football.
Porto are 2/5 favourites to edge past Basel in the Champions League round of 16 when the competition reconvenes in February.