Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has ruled out a move for Manchester United winger Memphis Depay in the January transfer window.
The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford following his £25 million move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015 and has failed to establish himself with only four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.
He has been heavily linked with a Man United exit after Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed his interest in the Dutchman’s services, but the Ligue 1 leaders have said he was out of their price range.
“We looked at him, like a lot of clubs have, but it is extremely complicated,” Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere said.
“It is a situation which is out of our financial reach. You have a club that bought him for a certain amount, that wants to sell him.
“When we looked at Depay, it was in another way, which is not possible today.
“He was bought very expensively by Manchester United, they want to possibly sell him and we cannot compete in this sort of situation.”
The 22-year-old Netherlands international doesn’t have much of a future at the moment, but letting him go on a permanent basis could be a massive loss, especially after Paul Pogba returned to the club as the world’s most expensive player.
He’s already showcased glimpses of his ability but hasn’t received the right opportunites to work on his development at Old Trafford, which is why a loan move would be beneficial.