Three reasons why Everton should sign 22-year-old PL attacker, reportedly available for £7m
By Will Butcher
Everton should sign Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj this summer as he looks set to leave Old Trafford.
The Sun claims the 22-year-old will leave in the summer after spending the season on loan with Sunderland, and a fee of £7million is believed to be enough to take him away from Old Trafford.
It is also claimed that the player wants to stay in England after his Old Trafford exit.
Here are three reasons why Ronald Koeman should look to enter the market for Januzaj, as the playmaker looks to remain in the Premier League ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
Options in attacking midfield
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Koeman has been known to favour either a 4-2-3-1 or a 3-4-2-1 formation, both systems using attacking midfielders to support lone striker Romelu Lukaku. However, the Toffees only have Ross Barkley who can operate to the required standard in the number 10 role. Able to play there or out wide, Januzaj would bolster Koeman’s attacking options behind Lukaku, with Enner Valencia set to rejoin West Ham and loanees Gerard Deulofeu and Aiden McGeady both reportedly set to leave permanently in the summer.
Bargain at £7million
The Belgium international has made only intermittent appearances for the Black Cats this season, as he remains on loan from Jose Mourinho’s United. Able to produce something out of nothing, Januzaj has the creativity to unlock a defence and has proved that for both Sunderland and United in England’s top flight. At £7million, Koeman could finally give Januzaj the game time in a side that possesses the quality necessary to maximise the potential of his ability.
With Belgians Kevin Mirallas and Lukaku already in the side, Januzaj’s nationality could see the trio connect for both Everton and their national side. Their understanding has the potential to cause havoc against Premier League defences, and could be the key to unlocking the top six and qualifying for European football next season. With Lukaku on 24 goals in the Premier League this season, if the former Chelsea striker stays at Goodison Park this summer, Koeman could create a deadly front three.
In the other Everton transfer news, Arsenal have been made to sweat over a deal for this defender.