One day after revealing that Barcelona paid Liverpool £10 million less than expected for Luis Suarez, Football Leaks have turned their attentions to Manchester United’s Memphis Depay.
The controversial website has disclosed the winger’s transfer agreement from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United.
The leak shows that United paid €34 million for the Dutchman in three separate payments.
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Additional payments will be made depending on United’s success while Memphis is at the club.
The 22-year-old has endured a difficult spell at Old Trafford - The Sun reported on Sunday that he could leave the club in the summer - and, much to the chagrin on United fans, is yet to justify his price tag.
The Red Devils announced Memphis’ signing on June 12, 2015, but an agreement was reached by both parties on May 12, per 101GreatGoals.
United paid PSV €17m upon completion of the signing and €8.5m on January 31, 2016. A final instalment of €8.5m will be paid on July 1.
Bonus payments were capped at €4m, which include a €1.35m payment if United win the Premier League, €325,000 if they reach the Champions League semi-final, €650,000 if they make it to the final and €1.35m if they win Europe’s elite competition.
Of course, those clauses won’t come into effect this season.
United expected more from Memphis
Manchester United will pay PSV 10 per cent of the profit (up to €5m) if they sell Memphis for more than the €34m they paid for him.
So the total deal could end up costing the club much more than the original fee. United can easily afford it but they would have expected a better return on their investment.
Memphis hasn’t been the difference-maker he was held up to be, scoring five goals in 37 appearances in all competitions .
By comparison, fellow summer-signing Anthony Martial has scored 12 goals in 39 games. Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford has scored the same number of goals as Memphis despite making his first-team debut just last month.
Criticism from Gullit
Memphis would be a fan-favourite if his on-pitch skills were as eye-catching as his attire and flashy cars. He’s been snapped in a Rolls Royce and Mercedes, while he celebrated Valentine’s Day by wearing a jacket emblazoned with his girlfriend’s face on the back.
This was something Ruud Gullit noted last month in a stinging attack on the winger.
“What I see with Memphis is a boy who wants two things at the same time,” the former PSV and Chelsea man was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
Gullit continued: “He wants to become a really good footballer, but at the same time he wants to be a global superstar and a style icon.
“I think to myself, 'boy oh boy, do it in the right order. You have to perform, perform and perform again.'
“My question to him is: how do you want to be remembered in life? As an odd character with a hat and a Rolls Royce? Or as a footballer?”