ADNAN Januzaj was tipped to become ‘the next big thing’ when the Belgian joined Manchester United from Anderlecht.
It was even suggested he could develop into the new Ryan Giggs when he broke into the United first team when he was just 16.
But after making an initial impression, it never quite worked out for Januzaj at Old Trafford as he struggled to come to terms with playing for a massive club.
He was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund in Germany and also had a spell with relegated Sunderland, without living up to his early promise.
Now United have decided to sell the 22-year-old for a fee in the region of £10 million to Spanish club Real Sociedad.
His career is still in its relatively early stages so don’t be surprised to see him back in the Premier League at some point.
Manchester United have agreed a fee of about £9.8m with Real Sociedad for Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj.
After returning from his loan spell with Sunderland – where he again played briefly under David Moyes – Januzaj was told by Jose Mourinho he could find another club this summer.
The Manchester United boss made his intentions clear by leaving the Belgian international out of the squad for the pre-season tour of the United States.
Januzaj is due to have a medical with Sociedad today and is expected to complete his move in the next 48 hours.
Once thought good enough to fill Giggs’ number 11 shirt, Januzaj signed a five-year contract extension that was not due to expire until 2018.
He did shine at times, but was too inconsistent and Mourinho has decided his time is up at Old Trafford.
The skilful wide made 50 league appearances for United, scoring five goals, but failed to notch in 25 appearances for struggling Sunderland. He has six caps for Belgium.