Man Utd ‘make proposal’ to Memphis Depay as Barcelona star eyes January transfer exit

have reportedly made their move to bring Memphis Depay back to the club in the January transfer window as Erik ten Hag searches for a striker solution. And Memphis could welcome the opportunity to return to Old Trafford as he pushes to end his nightmare season at Barcelona at the nearest opportunity.

United offloaded the 28-year-old forward to Lyon in a deal worth up to £22million in 2017, ending a dismal spell in England that didn’t last two seasons. After struggling to adapt under Louis van Gaal in his first campaign, he made just eight appearances after Jose Mourinho replaced the Dutchman and left in January.

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But Memphis has flourished into one of Europe’s top forwards since, registering 76 goals and 55 assists in 178 appearances for Lyon before joining Barcelona on a free transfer in 2021. He was Barca’s top scorer last term, netting 13 goals in 31 games, but fell out of favour after Xavi replaced Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp.

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And according to , Memphis has no intention of extending his contract beyond the end of the season. He wants to leave the club on a free transfer in January rather than negotiating a pre-contract agreement and believes Barca should let it happen after the ease of his arrival.


Barcelona forward Memphis Depay.

Man Utd have made an offer to Memphis Depay. (Image: GETTY)

Xavi recruiting Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adama Traore, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski in the last year has made his time in Catalonia problematic. And the Dutchman has featured just three times this season, with injury issues making his prospects of minutes bleaker.

Further Spanish claim United are ready to present him with an exit route and have made an offer ahead of the winter transfer window. Ten Hag is on the lookout for a new striker amid looming uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future and will appreciate what his fellow Netherlands native can bring to the table.

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Man Utd forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Man Utd in January. (Image: Getty)

Ronaldo could leave Old Trafford in January if a suitable offer arrives after it has become clear that he doesn’t fit in Ten Hag’s plans beyond this season. The 37-year-old’s contract expires in June, but he could call quits on his time at United early.

Despite being a standout player in a nightmare 2021/22 campaign, Ronaldo has been out of sorts since missing pre-season amid his desire to leave for a Champions League club. Ten Hag likely wouldn’t dispute his winter exit if he received a replacement that fits his vision, and Memphis could pose as an enticing option.

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