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Manchester United To Insert Buy Back Clause into Memphis Depay Deal

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Memphis Depay of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on September 30, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Memphis Depay looks set to leave Manchester United for Lyon but the Red Devils are reported to be making some assurances should they regret the decision to sell him.

The Sun have claimed that United will attempt to insert a buy-back and sell on clause to the Dutch wingers deal with the French giants. The transfer fee is estimated at around 16-million which is nearly £10million less than United paid for the player back in 2015.

However, José Mourinho looks set to ensure that the deal is not a regretful one by making sure that Depay’s deal states that United can buy the player back if they wish and that any transfer away from Lyon will result in some form of payment being made to the English side.

United may have learned from the experience of letting Paul Pogba go to Juventus that a buy back clause could be a worthwhile exercise. The Frenchman left United for free before becoming one of Europe’s most coveted players while at the Turin club. This prompted United to make a successful bid for £89 million for the 23-year-old who made a sensational return to Old Trafford at a great expense for the Red Devils.


José Mourinho will also know from experience that a buy back option could be beneficiary having let Kevin De Bruyne leave Chelsea in 2014. De Bruyne was one of Europe’s hottest prospects when he arrived from Genk but only made three appearances for the Blues. In similar circumstances to Pogba, the Belgian departed Stamford Bridge for Wolfsburg where his reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting players grew. Manchester City eventually signed the midfielder much to the dismay of the Chelsea faithful who criticised Mourinho for letting him go.

Depay arrived at Old Trafford with a stellar reputation. He stood out for Holland at the 2014 World Cup and for PSV Eindhoven at such a young age. If Pogba or De Bruyne’s situations are anything to go by, a buy-back clause in Depay’s Lyon contract could be a risk worth taking.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.