Manchester United have decided they do not want to activate Memphis Depay’s buy-back clause as the Lyon forward is expected to become a Barcelona player over the coming weeks.
There were high expectations of Depay when United paid PSV Eindhoven £25million for his services in June 2015.
But he scored just two goals in 33 Premier League appearances after moving to Old Trafford.
United offloaded the attacker to French side Lyon 18 months after his arrival, taking a £10m loss.
The Red Devils must have been wondering how Depay performed so poorly for them as he has since flourished in Ligue 1.
The 26-year-old has scored 46 goals in 104 league appearances, attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
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When asked of Barcelona’s interest, Depay told Dutch station NOS: “Let’s see what happens.
“Tomorrow I will speak with Olympique Lyon. I know there is interest, but I don’t want to say much more, mainly because I haven’t spoken much to my agent.”
United are in the market for a new attacker after missing out on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
Solskjaer has drawn up a list of alternatives which includes Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.
The ex-Tottenham ace wants to return to the Premier League after being told he is not part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans.
A loan deal is looking the most likely option for United so they can consider launching another approach for Sancho next year.
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