Januzaj and Luiz to Bayern
Bayern Munich are keen on signing burgeoning Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj.
Pep Guardiola’s side face United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in the Champions League quarter-final first leg and have been monitoring the impact made by 19-year-old Januzaj since he broke into the first team last summer.
The protege winger played a stirring role in United’s 4-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, brilliantly sweeping through Paul Lambert’s defence to provide an assist for Chicharito to score the fourth goal.
However, they have yet to make an offer for Januzaj but their interest is strong.
Paris St Germain made an offer for Januzaj early in the season which was rejected by United and they will maintain that stance should any other club attempt to lure away their brightest young star.
The Belgium-born midfielder signed a five-year contract at United in October as David Moyes underlined his belief that Januzaj is pivotal to his plans for a new era.
Also, the European and Bundesliga champions, are also interested in a summer deal for Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz, and they’ve been scouting across the world for versatile attacking players who can succeed the likes of Philip Lahm, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
Dzeko to Inter Milan
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is emerging as the preferred option for Inter Milan ahead of Chelsea’s Fernando Torres.
Dzeko has scored 22 goals in 44 games for club and country this season and Inter are keen for him to spearhead their revamped squad for next season.
They have been keen on the 28-year-old Bosnian forward for some time and his form has only cemented their view that he could be the man to help them challenge Juventus, Roma and Napoli.
Vermijl to Ajax
Meanwhile, Ajax are among the clubs showing interest in Manchester United right-back Marnick Vermijl. The 22-year-old Belgian is on loan at Dutch
Firmino to Everton
Everton are maintaining an interest in Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino despite the Brazilian agreeing a new contract.
Scouts watched the 22-year-old, valued at £12m, score in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich and the playmaker again impressed with his all-round performance.
He has been watched by Inter Milan, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and City this season and last week agreed a two-year extension to a contract that was due to run out in 2015.
He is valued at around £12million but Firmino has yet to be capped by Brazil and is yet to secure an EU passport, that could cause a problem for any
subsequent work permit hearing.
Champions League contenders Everton are drawing up a list of targets as they look to strengthen in attack, midfield and at centre-back for next season.
Faes watched by United & Chelsea
Belgian starlet 15-year-old Wout Faes, was watched closely by scouts from Chelsea and Manchester United last week as he played for Belgium U17s in the European U17 Championships in Scotland.
The spring-haired teenager, who has drawn comparisons to Chelsea’s David Luiz in appearance, turns 16 on Thursday and is another product of
Anderlecht’s youth system.
His style and ability on the ball has got clubs discussing figures already and Anderlecht will be holding out for around £2million in compensation.
Swansea and Norwich chasing Powell
Swansea and Norwich want to sign Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell, currently on loan at Wigan this summer.
But Wigan are also keen to sign the 20-
year-old on a permanent deal should they gain promotion after Powell scored his 12th goal of the season for the Latics at the weekend.
However, manager David Moyes would prefer for Powell to go out on loan again for another season and this time to a Premier League club so the teams in contention may yet get their wish but only on a temporary basis.