Manchester United are reportedly on the brink of landing Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder following reports of Juventus pulling out of the race to sign the 30-year-old Dutchman.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal had been strongly linked with a move for Sneijder last summer, but a deal had failed to materialize due to the midfielder opting to remain at Galatasaray.
Uncertainly about the Dutchman's future at Galatasaray began gaining momentum following reports of Sneijder being unhappy at the Turkish club.
Juventus were being considered as the favourites to land the former Inter Milan in the winter transfer window, but the Express now claims that the Serie A side have dismissed their interest in Sneijder, opting to go after Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan instead.
As a result, it is now believed that Manchester United are in the clear to sign the Dutchman, who is understood to be keen on working under his former boss van Gaal.
The addition of Sneijder would certainly be beneficial to Manchester United as he is well versed with van Gaal's philosophy and playing style, having played under the former Barcelona boss in the Netherlands national team.
Meanwhile, van Gaal has indicated that Adnan Januzaj has a future at Old Trafford, saying that the youngster has managed to earn his way back into the squad by working hard in training.
Many clubs including Paris Saint-German and Real Sociedad were believed to be interested in taking the Belgian on loan for the remainder of the season due to him not being a regular first team player at United.
However, van Gaal says that Januzaj, who was very impressive playing on the left side of the midfield diamond during United's 3-1 win over Leicester on Saturday, has forced his way back into the first team by his impressive shows in training.
"I look at players every day, I observe and I communicate with my players what I want. At the moment I think 'okay, he is now ready to play' then maybe I can let them play," van Gaal said.
"He [Januzaj] has a lot of talent but you have to perform that talent in the matches. And also in the training sessions. I'm not making the line-up, the players themselves are making the lineup."