Lyon forward Memphis Depay is on the market for around £30m this summer thanks to his expiring contract, according to a report.

Lyon's Dutch forward Memphis Depay celebrates at the end of the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and RB Leipzig, on December 10, 2019 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)
Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay celebrates on December 10, 2019. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

ESPN report that Memphis Depay, whose contract with Lyon expires in 2021, looks likely to leave the club this summer. He isn’t responding to any of their offers for an extension and believes he deserves to play for a bigger club.

The forward wanted a transfer last summer, but no big clubs came in for him. Manchester United have a clause to sign him back, but aren’t showing any interest in activating it. They look more likely to cash in using their sell-on clause.

Lyon could sell for around £30m, which is certainly cheap for a player who scored 14 goals and assisted two in 18 games this season. Particularly as he showed such versatility, playing a number of positions across the front line.

Most relevantly to Arsenal, he performed excellently on the left-wing. The Gunners could do with a proper left-winger, given Gabriel Martinelli and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would probably both rather play in the middle.

Obviously, Arsenal would have to sell to afford a £30m signing this summer, given the current financial situation. It’s very possible either Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette leaves, though.

Sell one, bring Memphis in and play the other at centre-forward. It’s not the worst idea in the world. The main concern is the 26-year-old’s current ACL injury. He won’t return for at least a few months yet.

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