Juventus join Memphis Depay hunt

Serie A champions Juventus are ready to move for Manchester United’s Memphis Depay in January if they fail to secure a deal for their prime target, Spanish outlet Don Balon reports.

What’s the word?

It seems increasingly likely that Manchester United flop Memphis Depay will be on his way out of the club at some point in the near future and it appears Juventus are the latest club to enter the running, although the Dutchman remains ‘Plan B’ for the Italian champions.

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Per the reports, Juventus will move for Depay if they fail to secure a swoop for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez in January, after Don Balon reported over the weekend that both United and Chelsea are keen on the Colombian.

With Juventus unable to compete with the financial might of the Premier League sides, Depay may present a cheaper option- although United would likely want to recoup as much of the £25m fee they paid PSV Eindhoven as they possibly can.

Is Depay’s time at United really over?

It certainly seems that the 22-year-old Dutch international will be on the way out, whether it be in January or next summer, as Jose Mourinho has started the winger just once this season and his Premier League experience this term stands at just 24 minutes.

The Daily Star reports Mourinho is happy to cash-in, with United having plenty of other wide options in the likes of Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but due to his young age, Depay could still have a bright future ahead of him- which could weigh into United’s minds.

At his age though, Depay will want regular first-team football and it’s extremely that those opportunities will improve in the second-half of the season. Even if an injury crisis did plague Old Trafford, Depay hasn’t shown enough in his performances to warrant a long-term position in the squad.

Would Juventus be a good move?

Juventus have shown themselves to be a good place for young players to fulfil their potential, just look at Paul Pogba for an example, but Depay would find himself amongst an extremely talented squad alongside the likes of Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.

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The less physical nature of the Premier League could suit a player of Depay’s calibre though and he can look at the performances of Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah as inspiring, with the wide duo struggling in the Premier League but becoming a hit in Italy.

Depay is on big wages though and they may have to be sacrificed in order for the Dutchman to seal a move to Turin, which could be problematic.

Is a move across England possible?

It sure is and Depay wouldn’t have to go far at all, with Everton being heavily linked with a swoop this weekend. The Telegraph reported United could approve a loan move and things were then taken to the next level by a sequence of events.

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman then talked up a move for his compatriot before Depay himself addressed the rumours after their victory over Luxembourg. Bizarrely, that wasn’t the end of it as Everton’s social media account bizarrely mentioned Depay’s antics for his national side when giving updates on their own players.

If all that doesn’t hint towards a move in January, then I don’t know what does.