Lyon’s quest to save Memphis Depay from his Manchester United nightmare seems to be approaching a positive conclusion, with the Dutch international edging closer to a deal worth £14.7m.
That figure could still increase, as Lyon discuss the final details of a deal with United, but the Red Devils are set for a major financial loss on the player- who they paid PSV Eindhoven £25m for just 18 months ago.
Depay saw first-team opportunities decrease in the latter stages of last season under Louis Van Gaal and his experience in the first-team has fallen further since Jose Mourinho took charge, with the Portuguese boss deeming him to be surplus to requirements this month.
With only 16 Premier League starts in 18 months, it’s easy to see why Mourinho has come to that conclusion and a new opportunity awaits for Depay.
It’s very possible. Depay is of course still just 22-years-old, turning 23 next month, and still possesses a wealth of ability. He was highly-rated in Holland and could establish himself as one to watch again in the coming years- but United can’t afford to wait.
Fortunately, selling Depay abroad means that Manchester United won’t face direct consequences from a sale like they potentially could if the winger stayed in England and if United still feel he has value for the future, an agreement with Lyon for a re-purchase option could be made.
In the end though, we’ve likely seen the end of Memphis Depay at Manchester United in any capacity and any future return to English football would probably see him move to another Premier League side.