Monday 1 May 2017

Memphis Depay 'on the brink' of a move away from Man United

Manchester United's Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring their first goal in the 3-0 win over Sunderland Photo: Andrew Yates
Manchester United's Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring their first goal in the 3-0 win over Sunderland Photo: Andrew Yates
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Memphis Depay looks set to complete a move away from Manchester United, with French side Lyon leading the race for his signature.

United are reported to have received a fresh offer for Depay, with Lyon keen to pay less than the Old Trafford club's £15m asking price.

Yet it seems as if the two clubs are edging towards a deal, with reports in France and the England suggesting the move could be finalised in the next few days after the player held talks with the Ligue 1 club.

Depay has struggled to make any kind of impression at United after a high profile £25m move in the summer of 2015, with his eagerness to wear the club's iconic No.7 shirt fuelling hope that he could emerge as one of the club's new star names.

However, he has yet to start a Premier League game for United this season, with boss Jose Mourinho going public in his declaration that Depay will be allowed to leave this month is a suitable offer is lodged.

"I have to say that in the past couple of months my decisions in relation to Memphis were influenced by the feelings and information that he would like to leave in January and that we were going to have a real offer that we would be willing to accept," said Mourinho.

"That obviously influences me. If I know, if I have the feeling that a player is leaving and if I have to give chances and develop other players, then I go to the players I know 100 per cent who are going to stay with us."

Everton manager Ronald Koeman hinted last month that he would be interested in signing Depay, but it appears that Lyon are now at the head of the queue to snap up the 22-year-old.

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