Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has confirmed his interest in Memphis Depay amid rumours linking the 22-year-old with a move to the French side this month.
Jose Mourinho, speaking ahead of Man United’s FA Cup contest with Reading, made it clear that he would let Memphis and Morgan Schneiderlin – who has since moved to Everton – leave if the club received a suitable offer.
And Genesio, who had a £13m bid for the Dutchman rejected this week, made it clear that Memphis remains a priority during the transfer window.
“Memphis is a priority,” he said.
“He is complete, powerful and has great potential. Contrary to what I have read, I am a fan of Memphis.”
“Things are progressing,” he confirmed when asked about the nature of the discussions between Lyon and United. “We keep working. It takes time, discussions, because recruiting a player now is not easy.”
Nobody will disagree with the notion that Memphis, for all his natural brilliance, has hit a wall at Old Trafford. No Premier League starts this season, no goals, no assists, with his one start of the season – against Northampton Town in September – leading to a 55th minute substitution.
In a United shirt Memphis is something of a ghostly figure, listlessly trawling across the pitch for ten uneventful minutes, never looking likely to impose any sort of impact. A fresh start in a totally different environment is perhaps the only way to rectify his ailing career, and Lyon would be a good club for exactly that.