Depay could finally be set to end his Old Trafford nightmare
Manchester United flop Memphis Depay is set to finally end his Old Trafford nightmare by sealing a loan move to Roma in January, according to reports in Italy.
Corriere dello Sport say the switch, which will include an option to make the move permanent for £21million in the summer, is one which the Serie A side are keen on.
Depay moved to United for £25million in June 2015 but has failed to replicate the form he showed in the Eredivisie.
The Dutchman is yet to start under Jose Mourinho in either the Premier League or the Europa League this term.
Mourinho calls for consistency
Jose Mourinho has accused the FA of singling him out following his latest touchline ban.
Manchester United boss Mourinho served a one-match ban in midweek, after being sent to the stands for kicking a water bottle in anger.
But Mourinho, sent to the stands twice this season and fined in three separate disciplinary incidents, called on the FA to show consistency and subject all managers to the same treatment, writes Mirror Football’s David McDonnell.
“The only thing I would like would be the same rules for everyone,” said Mourinho.
“Let’s go back to the last one. I kicked a bottle of water. I cannot do it. If I do it, then it’s a sending off. After that, there is a punishment.
United open Lindelof talks
Manchester United have opened discussions with Benfica over the January transfer of Sweden international Victor Lindelof.
According to sources familiar with the negotiations, Lindelof is first on a list of central defenders drawn up by Jose Mourinho to strengthen a back four that has proved problematic during the new Old Trafford manager’s initial months at the club.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has approved Mourinho’s request for a Champions League-level reinforcement, with significant funds allocated to both transfer fee and salary, writes the Daily Record’s Duncan Castles.
Benfica’s initial position has been to price Lindelof at €60million (£50 million), citing approaches from other leading European clubs and the difficulty of replacing the influential 22-year-old midway through the season.
The Portuguese champions rejected an offer of €35m (£30million) plus €10m (£8.4million) in performance-related variables in the summer window.