When Manchester United made a move for Memphis Depay under Louis van Gaal, the overwhelming feeling amongst supporters was excitement.
The flying Dutchman had sealed an Old Trafford deal on the back of a stunning campaign for PSV and an excellent World Cup for his beloved Netherlands. What could go wrong?
Well, plenty in fact. Even Van Gaal lost faith in Depay in the end, before Jose Mourinho swiftly sold the winger on to Lyon. However, the self-proclaimed Special One seemingly did take out an insurance policy – in the way of a first refusal clause…
That’s according to Lyon Sporting director Juninho, who confirmed that United ‘has a priority’ to buy the star 25-year-old should several clubs line up to sign him. As of now, though, no offers have been made.
“Manchester [United] has a priority if several clubs line up to buy him,” Juninho said, per The42.
“But we have not received any offers so far. He is really happy right now in Lyon.
“We will discuss a contract extension by the end of the year.”
Since leaving United, Depay has gone on from strength-to-strength, tearing up Ligue 1 with his goal-scoring ability.
Perhaps a move to Manchester came just too soon in his career. Now, having matured a lot, maybe the Dutchman is ready to try and make that step up once again.
Is United the right place for him to be, though? I’m not convinced. There’s no doubt the fans would welcome him back with open arms due to a real creative void within the squad, but it is a massive gamble that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be taking.
Personally, I’d prefer United to stay well away from this one as the downside far outweighs the positive potential, but nonetheless, the Reds would be daft if they didn’t at least consider all their options…