Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford is likely to force Manchester United to bring in a new forward in the winter market.

On November 23rd, Sport reported the Red Devils are accelerating their efforts to sign Barcelona’s Memphis Depay.

It was also stated that Erik ten Hag knows the forward well, most likely from their time at PSV Eindhoven.

The Netherlands international’s deal expires next June, and the La Liga side are hoping to get rid of him in January. That’s according to AS, who explain the Blaugrana are delighted with his form for Oranje at the 2022 World Cup.

Depay moved to the second spot in his country’s all-time leading goal-scorers after netting in the Netherlands 3-1 win over USA in the round of 16 tie. This, plus his performances in Qatar, are celebrated at the Camp Nou.

Taking this into account, Barca are keen to get rid of him in January, also because his exit can help them bring in an attacker that Xavi Hernández wants to have at his disposal.

When discussing Depay’s suitors, Manchester United are named as the ‘most interested team’.

This has become a ‘problem’ for Barcelona because they face Manchester United in the next round of the Europa League.

With the Spanish giants keen to get rid of Depay, it remains to be seen whether they will allow him to join Ten Hag’s side in the next window.