Reports in the UK overnight suggest Manchester United have agreed a £16 million fee with Lyon for the sale of Memphis Depay.
The Dutch winger arrived at United with plenty of promise from PSV but has failed to live up to expectation, despite a bright start under former manager Louis van Gaal.
Jose Mourinho had promised Depay that he would get more game time at Old Trafford should he choose to stay at the club, but it now seems apparent that the out-of-sorts winger has his heart set on a move away from United as he chases regular first-team football and a return to top form.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the fee could rise to £21.7m depending on Depay’s success at Lyon, while they have also reported that United have inserted a buy-back clause into the deal – perhaps with the hope that Depay will be able to fulfil his potential away from the spotlight of Manchester United.
Lyon have made no secret of their intent to bring Depay across to France, with coach Bruno Genesio claiming the club was working hard to confirm the deal earlier in the week.
“Things are progressing, we keep on working,” he said.
“He is a powerful player who scores goals and is good at set-pieces. Rachid [Ghezzal] has left for the Africa Nations Cup and Memphis knows how to play out wide.
“He is a young player with great international experience and a lot of potential. This is my number one priority.”