Memphis Depay is edging closer towards a Manchester United exit, as it appears that Lyon are close to coming to an agreement with the Red Devils. The French outfit recently had a £13 million offer rejected for the 22-year-old. United were intent on recovering as much of the £25 million paid for his signature in the summer of 2015. Now, United seem to have come to the conclusion that clubs will not look to sign the winger at this price, and that they may have to take a loss in order to get the player off the books.
Depay fell out of favour even when Louis van Gaal – the manager who brought him to Old Trafford – was in charge. Under Jose Mourinho, he has barely had a look-in. The player’s contract does not run out until the summer of 2019, and selling him would allow Jose Mourinho to bring in a player who would rather give him an option in the match day squad.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas recently claimed that the French outfit should bring in Memphis Depay at all costs, but it seems that they are only prepared to offer a £1.75 million premium over their initial offer (Via The Guardian). Increasing the offer, though, has certainly enabled them to come close to signing the midfielder. However, it has not been to the extent where United do not make any significant loss.
It is believed that the both clubs have agreed on a £14.75 million fee, which represents a 50% loss for the Red Devils. The two clubs are reportedly in discussions over the final fee, which may not be too different from this figure, and on the payment structure.
Depay has been a major disappointment for the club. Once seen as the next Cristiano Ronaldo, he has only managed to make 16 starts in the Premier League while scoring two goals. This season, he has largely been used as a late substitute in Europa League games or other cup competitions. His appearance as a late substitute against Feyenoord in the 4-0 win back in November could very well be his last appearance for United.