The forgotten Manchester United winger Memphis Depay looks all set to complete a move to the French side Olympique Lyon. Manchester United have agreed to let the Dutchman leave to the Ligue 1 side for a price of £16m which could rise upto £21m including add-ons.
The young Dutchman arrived at Manchester United just 18 months before in a deal which was worth £25 million from dutch side PSV Eindhoven. After a much awaited transfer, Memphis struggled to make any sort of an impression under Louis Van Gaal and has also struggled to find place under Jose Mourinho’s side.
Jose Mourinho had already mentioned that United would be more of a seller in this transfer window rather than a buyer, and with Memphis managing to start only one game under him, it’s pretty clear the Dutch winger is surplus to the club’s requirements.This naturally attracted many clubs, who wish to land Depay at a bargain price. Everton seemed to have a firm interest in the winger but their pursuit was short lived and they turned to signing Morgan Schneiderlin from United. Lyon had earlier come up with a £13m bid which was rejected by Manchester United. Lyon has come back with an improved £16m bid and the deal looks to be going forward in the right direction. The youngster was considered to be one of the hottest properties in world football when United managed to get his signature, beating the interests of other Premier League sides, most notably Liverpool.
United however looks to keep a close eye on the development of the young Dutchman as the deal will most probably be having a buy-back clause and a sell-on clause attached.
A move away from Manchester United looked imminent though, as he was struggling to earn a permanent place in the national team as well. The Dutch national team coach, Danny Blind also went on to mention about this and suggested that the youngster move away from the Red Devils in search of some much wanted playing time.
Memphis has made a total of 52 appearances for United, including 33 in the Premier League and has managed to score only 7 goals in total. The stats and the performance did not match the pricetag that the youngster had on him and the 22 year old failed to make any significant impact on the Premier League. Time is on his side and he might be hoping to seal the deal in the coming days to get some much needed playing time. A return to Old Trafford might still be possible with the clauses attached, but Memphis Depay will have to evolve as player and as a professional if he has to make any significant impact on the bigger stage.