Manchester United had a pretty productive summer transfer window this year, but are already making plans to strengthen in the 2016 market.
Reports are saying that the Red Devils are planning to offer Borussia Dortmund a swap deal for long term target Marco Reus, with Adnan Januzaj heading the other way having already secured a season long loan move to the German club.
Real Madrid have also been eyeing a move for the Germany international but this swap deal from Man United could swing it in their favour next summer.
MARCO REUS VS ADNAN JANUZAJ
|26Y 3M||AGE||20Y 7M|
|5FT 11IN||HEIGHT||5FT 11IN|
|11ST 11LB||WEIGHT||11ST 11LB|
|BL | BVB |||| MNU | PL|
|06/12 - 06/15||06/12 - 06/15|
As you would expect over the last three seasons, Reus has been the most used of the two players, starting in over three times as many games as his current teammate.
It also has to be noted that the German is around six years older than Januzaj, about to hit the peak of his career while the young Belgian, for all his talent, still has plenty of time to develop his game.
The duo operate in very similar roles, hence the idea of a swap deal, playing in the attacking midfielder/winger roles and sometimes as strikers if required.
Indeed, Reus in particular is known for his speed and versatility in these front line roles, although playing primarily on the left, can operate across the attacking line while Januzaj has plenty of potential to match him.
While this is still a deal that is a long way off, wherever Reus would move to, he would be a massive asset in terms of attacking and Man United could certainly use him right now.
While the Red Devils are still making steady progress since Louis Van Gaal’s arrival, they haven’t been the most potent in front of goal so far in the 2015/16 season, netting just three times in four Premier League games.
The Germany international would bring goals as well as assists and his versatility would no doubt be well used at Old Trafford as they look for another top four finish.
Januzaj on the other hand is still a player in development and while he’s had a few good games for Man United before he moves, the swap deal could hinge on how well he performs for Dortmund during his loan spell.
As already mentioned, he has bags of potential to be a world class player but this deal would certainly benefit the Red Devils much more should it come to fruition.
Man United will need to hit the ground running after the international break as they face one of their biggest rivals Liverpool on Saturday 12th September.
Red Devils fans will be happy to know that a home win leads our predictions for this one at 55% while a draw is a 25% possibility.
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