Manchester United risk losing Januzaj

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Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj made a real difference when he came on.GettyImagesManchester United could risk losing Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj.

Manchester United risk losing midfield sensation Adnan Januzaj with the teenager's contract wrangle set to enter a sixth month. And according to the Daily Mail, fierce cross-town rivals Manchester City could be the 18-year-old's new home. Januzaj made his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace after replacing Ashley Young in the second-half of the 2-0 victory. But the Belgian's stay at Old Trafford could be short lived with club and player unable to find a conclusion to the protracted contract negotiations. And there could be worse news on the horizon for United with City waiting in the wings to steal away the young prospect. The Red Devils failed to strengthen during the summer transfer window and losing one of their top prospects to their fiercest rivals would again bring to light the recruitment woes at the club.

Moving to north London, Arsenal could lose the race to sign out-of-contract forward Ciprian Marica with the Mirror reporting Italian giants Fiorentina also chasing the Romania international. Marcia became a free-agent after his contract with Schalke ran out in the summer. And Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, hampered by a very light strike force, was quick to target the 27-year-old. But after new Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez was felled by injury, the German international rumoured to be out for three months, the Italian club require back-up and have eyes set on Wenger's man.

And finally, Stoke City are set to offer striker Kenwyne Jones a new contract according to The Telegraph. Despite considering selling the Trinidad and Tobago international in the summer, Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants to now extend Jones' stay at the Britannia Stadium or risk losing the 28-year-old for free in January. And in further good news for Hughes, it seems Jones is open to signing a new contract, the former Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham boss reinvigorating Jones' career at Stoke after falling down the pecking order under the former regime of Tony Pulis.

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