Gazzetta dello Sport claimed yesterday that Paris Saint-Germain have set an asking price of €15m for Ezequiel Lavezzi if they are to sell him this month. Of course, it is a massive decrease in the amount the club invested in him when he arrived from Naples in 2012, but that will be about as good an offer as Le Parisiens can hope for. Perhaps, they should cut their losses now and move the Argentine on. If they are to do that, they can play a very shrewd move in the market by trying to lure Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj on loan to the end of the season.
This would be the best solution for everyone involved in my opinion. The Lavezzi debacle can be done with. We will not have to put up with constant speculation from now until the end of the season and the player will have a fresh start that he blatantly desires. By selling, the club allows space for another incomer and they would not have to pay and extortionate fee for a short-term loan. And Manchester United will have a player returning to them in the summer that has had games under his belt that include Champions League football. We are already on the lookout for a left-sided winger. The club are looking at contingency plans for when Lavezzi does eventually leave. At the moment, it looks as if that will not be to the summer but if an offer close to that €15m valuation does arise, the club may just go ahead and accept.
Bringing in a young talent like Januzaj does not carry any risk either in my opinion. Up until the back end of last month when this saga involving Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani arose, one thing I always praised Pocho for was his tenacity. But technically, he is inferior to others in the ranks at the club. Januzaj exceeds him in that respect despite his young age and you cannot help but be a little intrigued at the possibility of seeing him on one wing and Lucas Moura on the other – it screams excitement! Yes, there is a lack of experience there but that would not necessarily be a bad thing. The lad will be eager to impress in another country, another league. He will be playing Champions League football as he is eligible too with United not in Europe this season. In the short-term it can only do him, ourselves and of course his parent club the world of good.
His playing time at Old Trafford has not been great under new boss Louis Van Gaal. Former manager David Moyes, now at Real Sociedad, paid him a glowing appraisal in a recent interview with FourFourTwo – comparing him to the Dutch legend Johan Cruyff; “Some youngsters get overawed. Not Adnan. I realised that when he came to train with the first team soon after I joined. I decided to take him on tour with the first team within minutes of watching him. He wasn’t timid but hungry to succeed. He was one of the tour’s bright spots. He possesses a level of self-assured arrogance, which is a positive as he’s not too arrogant. On the contrary, he’s a bright lad who is mature for his age. He’s a wonderfully gifted player with great balance and the ability to go past people. When I see his poise on the ball, he has characteristics of Johan Cruyff”.
We have been linked with the Belgian before. There were reports – unconfirmed – that we even tried to bid for him last year. Looking at it now, a possible deal makes so much sense but it does all hinge on the future of Lavezzi.