Memphis Depay's first stint at the English Premier League didn't go as planned, as the Dutch winger struggled to find his groove and be a consistent contributor for Manchester United.
However, his career has resurged at Olympique Lyon and, considering his youth, it's too early to give up on him as a perfect fit for English soccer.
Hence, even though he's been linked with a move to Tottenham recently, Lyon's sporting director Juninho Pernambucano confirmed Manchester United would have a priority on any move over him:
“It’s true that Manchester United have a priority to buy back Memphis. These things exist in football. But until now, we’ve not received anything on Memphis," the Brazilian told OLTV.
Memphis' contract is set to expire in 2021, so Juninho is well aware of the difficulty of getting Depay to sign an extension amid all the interest he's getting from top-tier English clubs right now:
“Each time there’s only a year left on a contract, the conversation over a renewal becomes rather difficult. But I think that he’s really happy in Lyon at the moment. It’s also the same with Moussa Dembele, but the president and those that know football are conscious that, if you want to start winning titles again, to fight in the Champions League and in Ligue 1, it’s important to keep players like that in the squad for a long time. For the moment, nothing is being done concerning Memphis. We’ll start discussing a contract extension by the end of the year," Juninho added.
Depay has been on a roll to start the season, scoring 11 goals and handing out 1 assist in 14 caps for the French side, and there's no doubt he'd be a major boost for a struggling Manchester United offense that has lacked a true first-scoring option and disruptive player upfront for the entire season.