Jose Mourinho ‘wants’ Manchester United ‘target’ at Roma and more transfer rumours

Depay, 28, spent 18 months at Old Trafford previously between and 2015 and 2017 after being welcomed to the UK by Louis van Gaal – his current manager for the Netherlands national team. However, the PSV graduate was unable to produce his best form at United with only seven goals coming from 53 games in all competitions.

Despite those struggles, Depay re-emerged as a force to be reckoned with at Lyon, where he netted 76 goals with 55 assists across 178 appearances. It was enough for Barcelona to come calling last summer, but Depay is seemingly surplus to requirements and Xavi could allow him to leave next month.

Premier League sides Arsenal and United have been linked with his signature. However, reports from Italian outlet Tuttosport [via Team Talk] suggest the striker is wanted by Roma to replace struggling former Chelsea man Tammy Abraham, who has scored only three goals in Serie A this term.

Depay has played more minutes at the World Cup for Holland than he has for Barcelona this season. Mourinho has also been linked with a winter move for Hector Bellerin as he strives to improve his squad.

Elsewhere, reports from CaughtOffside claims United face competition for highly-rated Brighton holding midfielder, Moises Caicedo, with Saudi-backed Newcastle emerging as contenders for his transfer. United have had the 21-year-old on their radar for some time, with Chelsea also lurking.