Manchester United Agree to Sell Memphis Depay to Lyon
News broke today that Manchester United have agreed to sell Dutch footballer Memphis Depay to French club Lyon. But is this a good decision from United?
The 22 year-old moved to United from Dutch club PSV in the summer of 2015 for a reported fee of £25m and at the time was touted as one of Europe's hottest prospects having been the top scorer in the Eredivisiein for the 2014-2015 season. With much hype as well as being given the infamous 7 shirt, he was expected by many to become the winger that United have been missing since Ronaldo departed to Real Madrid.
Despite such promise, things didn't go quite as expected for Depay at United. Some would say that he flopped and others would say that he wasn't given the right kind of chances under neither Louis Van Gaal or current-manager, Jose Mourinho. With rumours floating around for a couple of months now, there has been a divide between United fans over whether he should be sold. With United selling Paul Pogba for (relatively) peanuts and buying him back for £89M, the fans and the club certainly didn't want another similar situation.
The difference between the sale of Pogba and Depay however has shown an improvement in the way the club's board go about their business. With a sell-on fee and a buy-back clause, it means that if Depay turns his career around and is sold by Lyon, United will receive a chunk of that transfer money. If United decide to buy him back, then they will be able to do so for a pre-agreed fee which may be far less than what he's worth if he develops well in France. If it doesn't work out, then Depay will no longer be our problem.
Real Madrid did this with Álvaro Morata and for them it worked a treat. This deal is arguably preferable to the rumours of a proposed loan move because if Depay doesn't do well on loan, then his transfer value would drop even further and he would probably be sold anyhow.
So for those like myself who were a little disappointed to hear the news, there is a silver lining in that the business was done right by United. The club has managed to cover themselves incase Depay does go on to achieve the level he still has the potential to do so.