Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is reportedly ready to leave the club in January in order to get his career back on track.
Having arrived as one of Louis van Gaal’s marquee signings last summer, it hasn’t gone to plan for the Dutch international who is now struggling to feature at all under Jose Mourinho.
With just one start so far this season he has been on the fringes, and The Guardian claim that he’s ready to leave United on loan in January to regain his best form and may well consider a transfer next summer.
As noted in the report, Depay arrived in a £25m move from PSV Eindhoven off the back of finishing as the top goalscorer in the Eredivisie.
In turn, expectations were high for the 22-year-old, but ultimately he was only able to manage seven goals in 49 appearances in all competitions as he struggled to consistently produce for the Red Devils.
With the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and others providing fierce competition for places, it hasn’t worked out for the Dutchman, and it appears as though an opportunity to rediscover his confidence elsewhere could be the best solution for all concerned.
Given his age and talent, there is certainly going to be interest from around Europe in Depay, but the key for him will be to ensure he picks the right club that will offer him regular first team football and a role that will see him flourish.
A successful loan spell may do little to convince Mourinho that he has a long-term future at Old Trafford, but it will more than likely open more doors for him as he hopes to get back to the level he displayed at PSV.