Manchester United are reportedly considering exercising a buy-back clause inserted in Memphis Depay’s deal that took him to Lyon in 2017
Memphis’ first stint at the Old Trafford that lasted for two years, between 2015 and 2017, was the one to forget, as he miserably flopped following his £25m-arrival from PSV Eindhoven.
United shipped him out to the Groupama Stadium three years ago for around £17m after he was deemed surplus to requirements, but well aware of Depay’s talent, the Red Devils inserted a first refusal and a sell-on clause in his transfer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to be granted permission to overhaul his squad in the summer, with the names of Depay, Leicester City’s James Maddison, and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish all featuring his wishlist.
Indeed, as per the Daily Star, the Premier League giants are angling for the reunion with the 26-year-old, who has managed to revive his career in Ligue 1, establishing himself as one of the most productive forwards in Europe.
I miss playing football 🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/G9TRs1zlnn— Memphis Depay (@Memphis) February 10, 2020
Depay’s switch to the French outfit has turned out to be the best thing that happened to him since moving away from the Eredivisie, as he flourished at Lyon, becoming the club’s headline performer.
The Netherlands international has picked up 53 goals and 43 assists in 134 outings since joining Les Gones, which has been enough to catch United’s attention again.
Depay has enjoyed a strong start to the 2019/20 season, racking up 14 goals and two assists in 18 appearances in all competitions before rupturing his ACL back in December.
He is expected to remain on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, and the uncertainty over his capability to perform at the highest level after returning from such an injury could be an obstacle to his way back to Manchester.