£158k-Per-Week Star Edges Closer to Blockbuster Manchester United Move

Memphis Depay

According to Fabrizio Romano, Memphis Depay can terminate his contract at any time. It was reported last week that Depay’s representatives negotiated a contract termination with Barcelona. Juventus were said to be close to a deal, however, this is no longer on the table.

Memphis Depay Situation is ‘One to Watch’

Manchester United Begin Negotiations

Romano claims that Depay’s situation is one of the stories to watch this deadline day. Juventus pulled out of a deal that was all but agreed earlier this week. They decided that their transfer budget would be better spent on different targets.

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This seemingly leaves the door open for Manchester United to step in to sign their former player. They have already confirmed the signing of Antony, but they are looking to make further signings to strengthen their squad. Erik ten Hag has previously emphasised the need for squad rotation, and so he is looking for strength in depth.

Unfinished Business

Depay moved to Old Trafford in 2015 to much fanfare. He was billed as the next global superstar and was given the iconic number seven shirt. However, it seems too much pressure was placed on his shoulders against the backdrop of a deteriorating atmosphere at the club.

He eventually left the club in 2017 to sign for Lyon, where he rebuilt his reputation. Backed up by standout performances for the Netherlands national team, he earned a move to La Liga giants Barcelona. Last season he scored 12 goals in 28 league appearances, showing he has the quality to play at the very top.

Having recaptured his form, and with a new era dawning at Old Trafford under fellow Dutchman Erik ten Hag, it is thought the £158k per-week star has unfinished business that he wants to set straight.

Why Leave Barcelona

Depay signed for Barcelona amid a financial crisis. They have now been forced into pulling financial levers which have enabled them to make a raft of new signings. The final straw for Depay’s Barcelona career appears to have been the signing of Robert Lewandowski. He is now seen as surplus to requirements, and with the La Liga salary cap, they are keen to get his wages off the books.

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There is a big opportunity for any club that can afford his wages to snap up a star player on a free transfer. While it is yet unclear whether the Red Devils will complete a deal, it is a story to keep an eye on deadline day.