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Nani’s exit would boost Memphis Depay’s growth potential at Manchester United

by Robbie Dunne

Memphis Depay could be handed a boost regarding his playing time at Manchester United if reports of Nani’s exit are to be believed.

Nani spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon after Louis van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements when he arrived during the summer.

The Portuguese winger netted 11 times in 34 appearances for the club that he started his professional career with and is now keen on a move away from Manchester.

Depay has worked under Van Gaal with the Dutch national squad and the Man United manager handed the youngster his senior international debut in a 2-0 win away to Turkey. He will be looking to break new ground in a similar fashion at his new club.

Depay, at just 21, was the undoubted star of the Dutch league season following a successful campaign for eventual title winners PSV Eindhoven.

United currently have three bonafide attacking wide midfielders in their squad including Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj and Depay. Nani is waiting in the wings should he be called back to Manchester by Van Gaal but recent interest from Inter Milan make Depay’s chances of a breakthrough season at Old Trafford all the more realistic.

Nani is currently on £110,000 a week having signed a new contract under David Moyes in 2013 and there is little chance that an Italian side could match those wages. A loan deal is very possible but Nani would more than likely prefer a permanent deal rather than a second loan spell.

With Nani back in the team, Depay’s opportunities would have to be shared so by taking the Portuguese winger out of the equation, it gives Memphis a better platform on which to grow which should help his development at United.

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