Manchester United flop closes in on Old Trafford exitPublished January 18, 2017
Memphis Depay is set to end his Manchester United hell by signing for Lyon for a fee of around £14.7 million in the coming weeks.
The talented winger has flopped since his big-money move from PSV Eindhoven back in 2015, making just 23 appearances for the Old Trafford club in an ill-fated spell in north-west England.
It had been hoped that Jose Mourinho’s appointment as United boss over the summer would give Depay a new lease of life, but the Dutchman has been unable to break into the Portuguese’s plans over the last six months and is now keen to find regular game-time elsewhere in order to kick-start his career.
Last month, Mourinho admitted that he would allow Depay and former teammate Morgan Schneiderlin- now at Everton- to leave Old Trafford.
“Their situation is exactly the same, both of them I will allow them to leave the club,” he said. “I will allow them to leave if the right offer comes. Until this moment, no.”
Ronald Koeman’s Everton had initially emerged as frontrunners to sign the 22-year-old, however, their interest has cooled in recent weeks after the Red Devils insisted on a permanent transfer, and The Guardian claim that Lyon are now close to agreeing a fee close to £15m for the pacey wide man.
Two bids from the Ligue 1 side have already been rejected by Old Trafford officials, but with Lyon determined to get their man, progress is understood to have been made in recent days. The reported transfer fee would represent a sizeable loss on a player bought for almost double the price less than 18 months ago.
Depay has 27 caps for the Netherlands, scoring five goals, and all things being well, will now try to rebuild his career at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.