Memphis Depay is attracting heavy interest from Serie A giants Roma, who are reportedly keen on signing him on loan in January.
According to Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport, Ricky Massara, Roma’s sporting director, will attempt to convince United to let the Dutchman go.
The report suggests that Roma are keen on signing the 22-year-old winger on loan till the end of the season, with an option to buy in the summer.
Depay has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho, with players such as Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, and Anthony Martial all ahead of him in the pecking order. He has played only 63 minutes of first team football this season, in five appearances – all off the bench.
Earlier this week, it was reported by Express Sport that Serie A club AC Milan were also keen on signing the Dutchman, while Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille have also shown interest.
Depay has struggled to live up to the hype that surrounded his £26 million move to the Theatre of Dreams from PSV Eindhoven. He had announced himself as one of world football’s brightest talents by scoring 25 goals in 36 appearances, and playing an instrumental role in PSV’s Eredivisie title win.
And despite a positive start to his United career, he soon faded out, and fell out of favour to the extent of being left out of then-manager Louis van Gaal’s triumphant FA Cup final squad.
Mourinho took over from van Gaal in the summer, but has not been convinced by Depay either. The Red Devils seem willing to let the youngster go out on loan and prove himself again, and he is certainly not short of options.
Roma are reportedly keen to bring Depay in as cover for Mohamed Salah, with the Egyptian’s participation in the African Cup Of Nations in mind.