Man United are seriously weighing up the possibility of bringing Memphis Depay back to Old Trafford.
Manchester United need offensive reinforcements. With Cristiano Ronaldo now firmly in the rearview, Erik ten Hag has to identify, then sign, the ideal replacement. Preferably in January.
Buying in the mid-season window is notoriously difficult, unless there’s a player who is completely unhappy in his current situation out there. Enter, Memphis Depay.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The Dutchman, who is now back to fitness after missing a few months with injury, could be available for transfer by FC Barcelona.
In terms of the most up to date information, it’s Sport (Monday print edition), with the translation via Sport Witness, providing the scoop. They say that Depay, who was set to be allowed to leave on a free transfer, will now only be allowed to leave Barca as long as it benefits the Catalan club ‘financially’…
The forward wants to leave for ‘more minutes’, though it’ll now have to be through a normal transfer, rather than Memphis being released by Barcelona.
It’s claimed that there are ‘several’ parties interested in Memphis, with United ‘thinking about’ making a move to sign the 28-year-old – who already has previous experience in Manchester, when Louis van Gaal was in charge.
There is no transfer fee mentioned by Sport or Sport Witness, though it seems pretty clear that it’d be cheaper than any January move to acquire Cody Gakpo, for instance.
Memphis’ talent is undeniable, though I have concerns about bringing a player back who once struggled at Old Trafford. Perhaps it could be different with a new manager at the help, while Memphis is an older, more mature and wise player at this stage in his career.
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