Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas expects Memphis Depay‘s move to be completed within the next 48 hours from Manchester United.
Memphis arrived in Lyon on Wednesday night soon after multiple reports said a fee in the region of £17m, rising to £22m with add-ons, had been agreed between Lyon and Man United.
So long as Memphis’ medical was successful in France, then it is just a case of signing contracts to make the move official and Jean-Michel Aulas is excited about his imminent arrival.
“We’ve bet on a player who wants to show his immense talent,” Jean-Michel Aulas told RMC Sport.
“There was a lot of interest in him from his time with Holland and in Eindhoven, where he had two fantastic seasons.
“When you see him developing, you get the impression that he really wants to show his immense talent. So we hope, as we hoped with the women’s team by bringing in [US women’s international] Alex Morgan, and we are not disappointed.”
Speaking further about the move for Memphis, Aulas pointed towards Memphis’ individual qualities as something which is going to help Lyon but admitted the complications with add-ons meant the contract process was slightly more convoluted than usual.
He added: “It was a dream because he corresponds exactly with the player we were looking for. In addition, he has a certain panache.
“It’s true that Jose Mourinho didn’t play him that much, so there was an opportunity for us to negotiate with Manchester United.
“For the moment, we’ve got an agreement in principle but we still need to write up a contract, which is a bit complicated because there are quite a few bonuses.
“This is a big operation, because I think it will be around 16.5million euros, with up to eight million in bonuses. It’s a major investment.
“It’s ongoing but it will take, I think, another 48 hours for him to be registered.”
Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis will be two major departures for United this January but Jose Mourinho may not stop there as the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger face uncertain futures as well, although it remains to be seen whether a transfer for the German will be finalised in the winter window.
I’ll be sad to see Memphis leave for the fact he’ll go out of Old Trafford having unfulfilled potential I feel could have made him a world beater but his ship has sailed. He’ll join the pile of past United players who exit the club with a shrug of the shoulders and nothing more.
An official announcement could be made before United’s game against Stoke City on Saturday at 3pm.