Memphis Depay ‘wants to return to Manchester United’ after falling out of favour at Barcelona under Xavi following shoddy two-year spell

    Barcelona outcast Memphis Depay has reportedly made Manchester United his preferred destination in the transfer window.

    The Netherlands international has endured a tough campaign at the Nou Camp after being sidelined by Xavi.

    Memphis Depay is out of contract at the end of the season

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    Memphis Depay is out of contract at the end of the season

    The signing of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich has pushed Depay out of the first-team fold and he has made just two La Liga appearances this season.

    In the summer, the 28-year-old will see his contract expire and there appears to be no offer on the table from Barcelona – meaning it is very likely that the forward could leave at the end of the season, or even in January if a decent offer comes in.

    And according to Spanish outlet Sport, Depay has made up his mind over where he wants to go – deciding a return to United is his best option.

    The Red Devils have been linked with the Dutchman this month as they look to sign a striker that would not cost mega-bucks.

    Loan deals for the likes of Joao Felix and Vincent Aboubakar have been linked but Erik ten Hag could make a move for his countryman at Barcelona, who would fit his fluid style of attackers.

    United are on the lookout for a striker after Cristiano Ronaldo had his contract ripped up following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan last month, where he took shots at the club, the Glazers and Ten Hag.

    Memphis Depay (Man United) – date of birth: 13/02/94

    Memphis Depay failed to shine at United

    Depay played for the Red Devils six years ago before leaving for Lyon after failing to impress but has since become a potent forward for club and country, even scoring in one of the two league appearances he has made this campaign.

    The forward joined United with a huge fanfare in 2015 under Louis van Gaal and was earmarked as a potential superstar, even being given the famous No. 7 jersey as worn by the likes of David Beckham, Ronaldo and Eric Cantona.

    But the Dutch manager failed to get the best out of his compatriot at Old Trafford, where he scored just twice in the Premier League across 33 appearances.

    Eventually, Depay was carted off to Lyon mid-season after becoming surplus to requirements under Jose Mourinho, who became manager the following season.

    In France, the former PSV Eindhoven star remodelled his career as a striker where he became a deadly striker – scoring 76 times across four and a half seasons.

    Depay had his best spell at Lyon, where he was popular with the fans

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    Depay had his best spell at Lyon, where he was popular with the fans

    A free transfer to Barcelona followed in 2021 but he has largely failed to live up to the same expectations – though did score a respectable 13 in his first season at the Nou Camp.

    But with Xavi in charge and a wealth of attacking talents including Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati, Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele and main man Lewandowski up front, game-time has been hard to come by.

    Barcelona are looking to offload players after Xavi splashed out on a number of stars in the summer, including on Raphinha, Jules Kounde and Andreas Christensen.

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