Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has personally demanded the signing of Memphis Depay this summer, according to the Spanish media.
The Lowdown: Depay linked with United return
The Dutchman, who has a remarkable 42 international goals, spent two unsuccessful years at Old Trafford between 2015 and 2017, struggling to match the hype that greeted his arrival and scoring just seven goals in 53 appearances.
Depay has since enjoyed far more successful stints at Lyon and Barcelona, rebuilding his reputation in the process, and he has been linked with a return to Old Trafford this summer.
A fresh update suggests that the rumour has genuine legs, with the manager personally involved in pushing the deal.
The Latest: Ten Hag wants Depay
They report that the player would ‘prioritise’ a move back to Old Trafford and the Red Devils boss sees it as a ‘market opportunity’.
The Dutchman has an eye-watering €400million (£338m) release clause in a Barca deal that does not expire until the summer of 2023, but is thought to be available for around €10m (£8.5m) due to the Catalan club’s financial situation and bloated wage bill.
The Verdict: Worth the gamble?
Granted, Depay’s initial spell at United was a big disappointment but the fact that Ten Hag has sounded him out as a primary target suggests he is exactly what the manager is looking for.
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At 28, he is now a more mature figure both on and the off the pitch and he has been hailed as a ‘world-class’ footballer by Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas in the past.
An impressive tally of 12 goals and six assists for the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying sums up his influence at international level, while he even managed 13 goals and two assists while being phased out of the Barcelona ranks last season.
At or around the rumoured bargain price tag, this could be a gamble worth taking for Murtough and United.
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