Manchester United’s Memphis Depay is on his way to the French club, Lyon after both squads settled for a £21.7M transfer fee.
According to reports, the initial deal was pegged at £16M. However, add-ons, such as qualifying in the Champions League was included in the agreement.
The Red Devils have also agreed to include a buy-back clause, which allows them to re-sign Depay if his performance improves. Similarly, Lyon activated the sell-on-clause, which entitles United to have a percentage in the event where a sale takes place in the future.
However, the buy-back-fee remains unknown.
Lyon is currently ranked fourth in the French League and needs at least 9 points to secure a qualifying spot in the Champions League.
The squad believes that Depay’s arrival will give them the grit and pace that they need to secure a better rank.
“He is a young player with great international experience and a lot of potential. This is my number one priority,” shared Bruno Genesio, Lyon’s manager.
Depay impressed when he finished the 2014-2015 season as Eredivisie’s top scorer.
Louis Van Gaal, who was in charge of the Dutch national football squad and gave him his debut took him in Old Trafford.
Everything went well for him, but his performance soon dwindled until he already went down in Jose Mourinho’s pecking order.
Despite his potential, he has only appeared eight times for United this season.
Scoring seven goals in his last 53 appearances, his most recent stint on the pitch took place last November 24, when they were playing against Feyonoord in the Europa League. However, he only played during the last eight minutes of the match.
Depay is yet another high-profiled player to leave Manchester United. Just recently, Morgan Schneiderlin left the club and went on to play for Everton, which was managed by his former Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman.