Arjen Robben 'expects' Memphis Depay to leave Manchester United
Arjen Robben expects his fellow winger and Netherlands international Memphis Depay to leave Manchester United in the next few weeks.
Depay, 22, joined United from Robben's former club PSV Eindhoven for a reported £25 million fee in 2015 when Louis van Gaal was in charge.
However, he hasn't made a single Premier League start this term under new boss Jose Mourinho, and only a solitary starting appearance in the EFL Cup at Northampton in September.
"He's a very talented player," Netherlands captain Robben told Goal Deutschland. "It's a shame that it hasn't worked out for him yet at Manchester United."
The Bayern Munich winger added: "He hardly ever plays and I expect something to happen shortly.
"Perhaps he'll move as early as the winter break."
And Everton have reportedly already held talks in early December with United about a potential double transfer -- involving Depay and France international Morgan Schneiderlin.
Depay could be open to joining forces with fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park and the prospect of more first-team football, particularly given the long-term injury to Yannick Bolasie.
Meanwhile, Depay and Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho are unlikely to join Lille, a source close to the impending takeover of the Ligue 1 club has said.
Former Formula One team owner Gerard Lopez is poised to purchase the Ligue 1 club next month, and has ambitious plans to put the club at the forefront of French football. However, Marc Ingla, who is expected to become Lille's director of sport, told RMC the rumours had no substance to them.
"I prefer to not be so specific. But I think they won't come to Lille, if you want an answer," Ingla, formerly marketing director at Barcelona, said. "You would have to ask the sporting director now, also [another member of Lopez's entourage and former Monaco sporting director] Luis Campos, but according to my information, it is no."
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.
ESPN FC's France correspondent Ian Holyman contributed to this report.