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Thursday 25 May 2017

Lyon snare €25m Depay

United make Memphis loss as Griezmann set for move

Memphis Depay has had a torrid time at Old Trafford, having impressed at PSV Eindhoven. Photo: PA
Memphis Depay has had a torrid time at Old Trafford, having impressed at PSV Eindhoven. Photo: PA

Lyon have agreed a deal with Manchester United for Memphis Depay.

Much was expected of the 22-year-old forward after arriving for £25million from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015, but a frustrating first season at Old Trafford was compounded by a disappointing second campaign.

Depay has made just one start in all competitions under Jose Mourinho and Lyon have had an offer accepted, which it is understood could reach around €25m (£21.7m).

United have inserted buy back and sell-on clauses into the deal, while add-ons to the initial outlay include the French club qualifying for the Champions League and the Dutchman signing a new deal with them.

The deal represents a small loss on a player who scored seven goals in 53 appearances for United, where things have not worked out for the well-paid winger.

Depay is set to follow Morgan Schneiderlin out of Old Trafford after the France international last week joined Everton for an initial £20m fee, rising to £24m.

Ronald Koeman's men were also linked with a move for the Dutch winger, but Lyon coach Bruno Genesio has been much firmer with his interest.

"Things are progressing, we keep on working,'' Genesio said last Friday.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is preparing a summer move for Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid with Luke Shaw on his way out of Old Trafford at the same time.

Griezmann has been negotiating for months with United and is said to be keen on the the chance to link up with France teammate Paul Pogba.

United would have to match Griezmann's buy-out clause of €100m and possibly beat Pogba's world transfer record set last year at €105m.

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