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Lyon chasing Memphis Depay but Man United unwilling to budge on price

The French club have already had a bid rejected for the forward.

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MANCHESTER UNITED’S DUTCH striker Memphis Depay has become the top target of French club Lyon during the winter transfer window, coach Bruno Genesio confirmed today.

“I’m a fan of this player and have made him my priority,” Genesio told a press conference as he outlined the 23-year-old’s qualities.

“He’s forceful, powerful, capable of scoring and helping to score. He’s a fairly complete player, a winger, who can play with both feet.”

Genesio said he was looking to Depay as a possible replacement for Algerian winger Rachid Ghezzal.

“His profile is interesting in view of the probable departure of Ghezzal at the end of the championship,” said the Lyon coach. “He’s a young player who has quite a margin for progression with international experience.

“He has enormous potential but I’m not discussing the transfer fee.

“We don’t know the fixed price but it’s possible his recruitment would allow us to anticipate for next season.”

Capped 27 times for the Netherlands, Depay started his career at PSV Eindhoven and has played at Manchester United since 2015.

The French club have already lodged one formal offer for Depay, but Jose Mourinho has since confirmed it was turned down.

“The offer that we had is far from being reasonable,” he said this afternoon. “So in this moment he is our player.

“If at the end of the month nothing happens, he is one more option for us.”

© – AFP 2017

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