Last Updated: Sat, 12 Oct 2013 10:07
Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has emerged as a target for Juventus, who hope to take advantage of his contract situation.
Januzaj has impressed in his five appearances to date this season and marked his first United start with a brace in the 2-1 win at Sunderland last time out.
The 18-year-old is out of contract at the end of the campaign and United Chief executive Ed Woodward is confident Januzaj will sign a long-term deal, although boss David Moyes has expressed concerns the youngster is being badly advised.
Juventus managed to snare Paul Pogba away from Old Trafford as United had failed to tie him down to a new deal, and the Serie A champions seemingly hope to do the same with Januzaj as Juve general director Giuseppe Moratta has indicated he is keen to bring the forward to Turin.
"If they fear another case like Pogba's then they are right. It's difficult to understand how we can reach a stage eight months prior to the contract expiring without seeing a renewal," Marotta is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
"Januzaj is a player showing big promise. He is a player of great quality."
If Juve do manage to convince Januzaj to move to Serie A they will have to pay compensation to United despite the fact he is out of contract at the end of the season.
There is the possibility that the youngster could choose to represent England at international level, in which case he would be unable to leave England for Italy as he would then not qualify for the Three Lions.
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