Memphis is Lyon’s ‘number one priority’, Mourinho responds

Date published: Friday 13th January 2017 1:56

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio says “things are progressing” as the Ligue 1 side attempt to sign Memphis Depay from Manchester United.

Depay has been a huge flop at Old Trafford since joining from PSV Eindhoven for £25million 18 months ago. The winger has played a totla of 20 minutes in the Premier League this season having failed to convince Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese boss took over from Louis van Gaal in the summer.

Mourinho has made it clear Depay can leave for the right price, with Everton, Roma, West Ham and Nice among the clubs to be linked with the 22-year-old.

Lyon have already had already bid rejected by United, but the French club are determined to reach a deal with the Red Devils.

Speaking about Depay, coach Genesio said: “This is my number one priority, I’m a fan of this player, he has an interesting profile for us.

“Things are progressing. We keep working. It takes time, discussions, because recruiting a player now is not easy.”

Mourinho, though, says Lyon remain some way off meeting United’s valuation.

The United boss said: “The offer we had is far from being reasonable for us.

“If in the end of the month nothing happens, he’s one more option”

Depay has scored two goals in 31 Premier League appearances, including 16 starts.

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