Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on the signature of Memphis Depay.
According to The Mirror, Tottenham have been tracking the French side for some time to keep tabs on the Dutchman and his team-mate Moussa Dembele. Dembele, who has previously been a Tottenham target both at Fulham and Celtic, has now been usurped by Depay as ‘the main target’ on Tottenham’s wishlist.
The report claims that Tottenham would be willing to spend £50 million on the player, who struggled during his previous stint in England with Manchester United.
On the face of it, Mauricio Pochettino’s departure and the appointment of Jose Mourinho would muddy the water of this apparent interest. Especially when you consider the fact it was the Portuguese who sold Depay whilst in charge of Manchester United.
However, that might not be the case.
Whilst it was Mourinho who signed off the Dutchman’s move to Lyon in January 2017, it was seemingly a reluctant move.
Mourinho himself, as reported by the Manchester Evening News, seemed to sympathise with Depay regarding the exit.
“He was a fantastic professional, so if somebody thinks it didn’t work because he was not a great professional it is totally wrong. One thing is some picture that somebody takes of him in an amazing car or dressing in a very specific way, but the image is totally wrong.
“The guy is a fantastic professional, he’s a kid that respected everyone, a kid that worked hard, who tried to work to have more chances, a kid that was frustrated because he was not having that, but I only have good things to say about him.”
As for the player, he told The Times that Mourinho had it in mind to one day bring him back to Lyon to Old Trafford.
“I said to Mourinho ‘you will see me at the top,’
“He said, ‘OK, I hope that and I hope we will buy you back one day.’ I never had a bad relationship with him.”
Indeed, Manchester United do still have a buy-back clause in the Dutchman’s contract at Lyon, allowing them to match any fee offered for him by another club, according to The Mirror.
But it is clear that, despite selling him during his time at Old Trafford, Mourinho is a fan of the player and vice-versa. Perhaps his appointment could in fact help Tottenham get a hold of the Lyon star.