Former flop key as Man Utd pursuit of Sancho takes fresh twist

Date published: Saturday 1st August 2020 2:34

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Borussia Dortmund are weighing up a move for former Manchester United flop Memphis Depay if Jadon Sancho moves to Old Trafford, reports claim.

Sancho is United’s main target for the summer, after excelling over three years in Germany. And the England winger appears to be on the verge of a move, with reports even suggesting his shirt number has already been decided.

Dortmund are willing to accept an initial fee of around £60m fee for Sancho. They hope that add-ons could take the sum closer to £100m.

Now, United’s hopes of signing Sancho have been boosted further, after Dortmund lined up a replacement. And it’s a familiar face to the Old Trafford faithful.

According to Bild, Dortmund are considering Memphis Depay as a potential replacement for Sancho.

Depay failed to express his true potential in an 18-month spell at Old Trafford. The Dutchman managed just seven goals from 53 appearances.

Ex-PSV star Depay has since rebuilt his career in France with Lyon, but his time there could soon be up. The Ligue 1 side failed to qualify for Europe this season, forcing him to consider his future.

Dortmund could land Depay for around £41m. But before that can happen, they must inform United of their intentions.

That’s because of a clause in the 26-year-old’s contract, which United inserted when selling him in January 2017. The Red Devils do not have first refusal on Depay, but must be told if another club is bidding for him, in case they want to buy him back.

That has never really been touted as a possibility, despite Depay’s success since his exit. And if the Dutchman is the key to unlocking the deal for Sancho, United are unlikely to object.

 

DEPAY ON ARSENAL SHORTLIST

If Depay was to move to Dortmund, it would be a blow for United’s Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Recent reports indicated that Arsenal had added the Lyon winger to their shortlist of attacking targets in case Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves.

Aubameyang is out of contract next summer, meaning Arsenal face a race against time to tie him down to new terms. They risk losing him for free if they do not.

The Gunners are preparing for every eventuality, though. Hence, they have drawn up a list of four names who could replace him.

After already failing with a €30m bid for Depay, Arsenal retain an interest in him as part of that shortlist.

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