Not too long ago, there were doubts regarding the Manchester United future of Edinson Cavani, who was being linked with an Old Trafford exit in the summer transfer window. But with that matter settled now after the Uruguayan signed a contract extension with the club, the Red Devils can now concentrate on their transfer targets.
One interesting option can be their former number 7, Memphis Depay, who is set to be available on a free transfer this summer. He has been heavily linked with a move to FC Barcelona in recent times, but with rumours of a change in management at Camp Nou following a third place finish under Ronald Koeman, could that open a door for Manchester United.
After falling away from La Liga contention and a round of 16 exit from the Champions League, FC Barcelona are believed to be considering the future of Koeman.
As reported by Manchester Evening News, it was Koeman’s relationship with Depay, who he had managed in the Netherlands national team, that was set to pave the way for a transfer. But if the manager ends up departing, could the move be in doubt as well?
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Does a move for Memphis Depay make sense for Manchester United?
Depay’s first spell at Old Trafford might not have gone as many would have predicted, but he is a much better and more complete player today than he was back then. The Dutch international had signed with the Red Devils back in 2015 and was even given the legendary number 7 shirt. But the youngster failed to make his mark at the club, despite showing glimpses of his quality at times, and he was gone less than two years later.
He has been great during his time in France though. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 76 goals and provided 55 assists in 178 appearances through the course of his Lyon career.
Signing a player of his quality, especially on a free transfer, should be considered as major coup for any club. And if the opportunity is there, the Red Devils should definitely consider it.