Man Utd consider £8m bid to sign Barcelona star who wants to leave for free

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Manchester United are considering a €10 million (£8.4m) bid for Barcelona forward Memphis Depay, according to reports in Spain.

 

Depay has held extensive talks with Juventus this month and appeared to be closing in on a move to the Serie A club.

 

But Juve have been put off by Depay’s salary demands and they have now found an alternative by agreeing a €2m (£1.6m) loan deal with Marseille for their Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik.

 

Depay was ready to terminate his contract with Barcelona, which still has a year remaining, while Juventus were not due to pay a transfer fee as they were willing to waive bonus payments owed to them by Barca as part of the Miralem Pjanic deal.

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According to Marca, United have been monitoring the situation and are now weighing up a €10m (£8.4m) offer to Barca for Depay.

 

Barcelona are desperate to get both Depay and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off their wage bill in order to register new €55m (£46.4m) summer signing Jules Kounde.

 

Depay, who has not appeared in either of Barcelona’s La Liga games this season, has also been linked with a move to Tottenham this summer.

 

The Netherlands international was initially signed by United in a £25m deal from PSV in 2015 but he spent just one full season at Old Trafford before he was allowed to join Lyon.

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Erik ten Hag is keen to improve his attacking options before the transfer window closes and United are expected to submit a new offer for Ajax winger Antony.

 

United are also weighing up a move for PSV’s Cody Gakpo, who is valued at £35m.

 

It’s understood that both Gakpo and Antony are both keen on joining United this summer.

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