Memphis Depay bid not reasonable - Man United manager Jose Mourinho
MANCHESTER -- Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club have received a bid for midfielder Memphis Depay, but it is not enough to tempt them to sell.
Depay will be allowed to leave during the transfer window if a suitable offer is made, with Mourinho having revealed last month that the 22-year-old has expressed his desire to move away from Old Trafford.
Lyon have reportedly offered substantially less than United's £15 million valuation of a player signed from PSV Eindhoven for £25m in June 2015 and Mourinho said: "The offer we had is far from reasonable for us. He is still our player and if the window ends and he is still here, he is another player."
Mourinho did not name the club involved, but Lyon coach Bruno Genesio confirmed that they are keen to bring the Netherlands international to the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
"Things are progressing, we keep on working,'' Genesio was quoted as saying on the club's official website when asked about this month's transfer plans. "It takes time, discussions...because recruiting a player now is not easy. I trust the president to get things done quickly.
"I have put a priority on Memphis Depay. He is a powerful player who scores goals and is good at set-pieces. Rachid [Ghezzal] has left for the African Nations Cup and Memphis knows how to play out wide.
"He is a young player with great international experience and a lot of potential. This is my number one priority. I'm a fan of this player, he has an interesting profile for us, especially as we risk losing Rachid at the end of the season.
"But there are several things to consider, including the price.''
The Dutchman has scored just seven goals in 53 appearances for United and has not figured under Mourinho since playing the final eight minutes of the 4-0 Europa League victory against Feyenoord in Manchester on Nov. 24.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.
Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC. Follow him @MarkOgden_