Manchester United ‘accelerate plans to re-sign Memphis Depay in January’
Manchester United are reportedly in the market to sensationally re-sign Memphis Depay.
The Dutchman, who joined United from PSV ahead of the 2015-16 campaign, arrived in the northwest amid fanfare and promises but fell short before being sent to Lyon in 2017.
Having somewhat rebuilt his career with Lyon, Depay once again pulled off a dream move to one of world soccer’s giants when he signed for Barcelona last year.
Manchester United are reportedly going after Memphis Depay to get him re-signed in January.
It was a move that initially bore some fruit, with the Dutchman moving his Ligue 1 performances to Spain, but it has since soured, with Xavi Hernandez and the club’s vocal supporters appearing to be on the same page regarding his future. place in the club.
According to SportAccording to a Spanish publication, United will look to offer him a route away from the club this January as they look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who had his contract terminated following his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan last week.
The report indicates that United have been working to re-sign the striker, and that Barcelona will surely approve his departure. According to reports, the culés are ‘clear’ that he has to leave this winter.
As with all Barcelona players at the moment, there are obvious contractual issues hanging over their heads, a reason cited for why he didn’t move to Juventus over the summer, a move that was discussed throughout July and much of it. of August.
With six months remaining on his contract as of January, it’s unlikely he’ll prove to be as big of a hurdle as he did over the summer. The sport claims that if Depay receives a satisfactory financial offer from United, he will forego money owed to him for the few months remaining on his contract with Barcelona.
The Dutchman struggled during his time at the club in 2015-16 and early 2016-17 before being loaned out and then sold.
However, a stumbling block for United could come in the form of the Champions League, with one of Depay’s reported conditions for his next club being participation in Europe’s elite competition.
Chelsea, another interested party in the 28-year-old, can of course meet such demands.
The Spanish publication claims that another condition is the necessary financial incentive, as the former PSV man is said to have asked Juventus for £6m a year this summer.
Having appeared just three times for Barcelona this season, largely due to a thigh injury, Depay has particularly struggled this season with the World Cup giving him the opportunity to put himself in the showcase.
Despite arriving with much fanfare, Depay struggled to command the world’s attention with his performances.
Speaking after the Netherlands’ first match with Senegal on Monday, which they won 2-0, Depay dismissed all transfer speculation while the World Cup was underway.
“The injury has been hard, but I’m already recovered and I’m enjoying a World Cup,” he said.
“I don’t want to think about the past, I’m focused on the World Cup. I also don’t want to think beyond this competition. I don’t know what will happen after the World Cup.
He added: ‘I’m very happy to be playing again. It took me a long time to reappear.
The striker has struggled for playing time at Barcelona due to a combination of injury and falling down the pecking order.
‘It hasn’t been easy mentally, but I’ve worked hard to get there and I’ve played half an hour. it’s a step. It’s amazing to play football again.’
If he were to sign, United fans would expect a better return this time around. In his 45 games in his first season, he only scored seven times and racked up another six.
In his eight appearances the following year, he did not register a goal or an assist before being transferred to Lyon, initially on loan before joining them permanently for £22 million.
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