Arjen Robben expects his compatriot Memphis Depay to leave Manchester United in the next few weeks.
Depay arrived at Old Trafford from Robben’s former side PSV Eindhoven for a speculated £25 million fee in 2015, when Louis van Gaal was still in charge.
However, under new boss Jose Mourinho, the 22-year-old hasn’t been able to make a single Premier League start this term, and his only starting appearance came in the EFL Cup game against Northampton in September.
And now, Robben has expressed his opinion regarding Memphis’ stay at Manchester United, whilst further revealing that the youngster could be on his way out of the Old Trafford club.
“He’s a very talented player,” Netherlands captain Robben told Goal Deutschland. “It’s a shame that it hasn’t worked out for him yet at Manchester United.”
The Bayern Munich winger further said: “He hardly ever plays and I expect something to happen shortly. Perhaps he’ll move as early as the winter break.”
Everton have already shown their interest in Depay since early December, and a potential double transfer – involving Depay and experienced midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin – is on the cards.
Depay, it is believed, could be ready to join forces with fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park, and the possibility of more first-team football, particularly given the long-term injury to Yannick Bolasie, has encouraged him to consider a switch.
Everton are quite capable of pushing on and challenging further up the table in the second half of the season, with the likes of James McCarthy starting to discover his form. The inclusion of Depay and Schneiderlin would definitely bring some spice into the team, and it may prove to be an excellent business for Koeman and Co.