Manchester United may bring back Netherlands forward Memphis Depay to Old Trafford if the club fails to sign Erling Haaland in the summer.
A report from Manchester Evening News claims that while both manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Technical Director John Murtough see Haaland as the priority striker, they have listed Depay as a potential contingency plan if the deal for the Borussia Dortmund star does not work out.
The 27-year-old Dutch international was one of the biggest signings of the Louis van Gaal era when he arrived in 2015, but his stay at the club ended in just 18 months.
The former PSV star failed to shine in the Premier League and scored just 7 goals in 53 appearances for United.
Keeing Depay’s potential in mind, United had added a buy-back clause in his contract when he was sold to Ligue 1 club Lyon in January 2017.
Depay only has a few months left in his contract, and he could return to United as a free agent in the summer.
There is no doubt Depay would be a great addition to the club. He has learnt a lot from his younger days, and is already a matured version of himself.
He has found success playing as a center forward in France and there is uncertainty if he can repeat the same form playing as a winger now.
Depay certainly started his career as a winger, but the last time he played in that role for United, he found himself struggling.
The idea of bringing in talent like Depay for free certainly sounds like a great one on paper.
But it may fall apart in execution if United do not fill the much-needed gap at right-wing and/or fail to buy a proper striker in the summer.