Memphis Depay might complete his transfer from Manchester United to Lyon within the next 48 hours, according to reports.
United are willing to do business and scrap the 22-year-old after only 18 months, and Lyon, despite their initial two offers worth €12m and €15m being rejected, have once again tabled an improved bid worth around €17m for Memphis, who arrived at Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven for £25m in 2015.
Memphis has started one game this term, an EFL Cup victory over Northampton back in September, and has already been informed by Jose Mourinho he can move on if United receive an acceptable fee.
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The Red Devils have already sold Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton for a fee of £20m, which could potentially rise to £24m, and Memphis was also strongly linked to joining them after leaving Old Trafford.
The Toffees were also reported to have shown interest on Depay earlier in the January window, but Ronald Koeman now looks to have missed out on the 22-year-old, as United want to make sure that Depay joins a club from where he cannot return to haunt them.
The exit will surely mark the end of an underwhelming Old Trafford career for Depay, who joined the Red Devils with much fanfare in 2015.
A move to France will also boost his struggled international career, as the winger’s Holland boss Danny Blind already warned him that he has to leave Old Trafford in order to survive.
“Memphis must make a transfer in January,” said Blind last month. “He is not at the core of the squad. This is why he should move.”
However, Lyon representatives are totally confused about exactly what Manchester United are up to, having first demanded €17m when an offer of €12m was placed, and now raising their demands by another €6m when Lyon are ready to match the initial price.