French clubs Lyon and Nice are the latest two sides to be linked with a move for struggling Manchester United winger Memphis Depay in the January transfer window.
The United winger was signed as a highly-rated youngster when former manager Louis van Gaal brought him across from Dutch outfit PSV, but despite a promising start to his Old Trafford stint the pacey winger has done little else but frustrate his managers and supporters.
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas told FootMarcato that he was planning a ‘big operation’ in the coming weeks.
‘Currently, we are trying to achieve a big operation in the transfer window, but be discreet,’ he said.
‘I do not know if it can be done, but it’s worth trying. We are trying to strengthen ourselves with that.
‘[Former Liverpool manager] Gerard [Houlier] will help us because you have to speak English to this operation.’
United have reportedly named their price for winger, still only 22-years-old, at £15million, a bargain on the £30m United paid for him in 2015.
Depay had previously attracted Premier League interest from Everton, who are already close to sealing the deal for another United player in the shape of Morgan Schneiderlin, but reports of their interest have largely died down.
That makes France Depay’s most logical destination, should he seek a move away from the club, however, he may be tempted to stay after Mourinho offered some kind encouragement to the Dutchman earlier this week, promising him more game time if he were to stay at Old Trafford.