Manchester United have been tipped to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay this summer by a source close to newly-appointed Red Devils’ manager Louis van Gaal.
Depay, a promising 20-year-old Netherlands international who was named in Van Gaal’s provisional World Cup squad earlier this month, is an attack-minded player with bags of potential. Valued at £15m, the youngster has an excellent chance of getting a move to Old Trafford this summer, the source close to Van Gaal revealed in an exclusive interview with The Sun.
“Van Gaal really likes Memphis — he put him in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers when he was only a teenager. Now he’s taking the kid to Brazil,” the source commented. “Everyone agrees he’s one of the most promising and skilful young stars in Dutch football.
“No one would be surprised if he is on his way to United sooner rather than later.”
Depay is expected to make Van Gaal’s final 23-man squad for next month’s showpiece international tournament in Brazil. However, whether he ends up at United could depend on whether Van Gaal gives the green light for the Red Devils to press on and sign Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, who is also wanted by Liverpool and would cost a reported £12m to sign.
Konoplyanka and Depay are similar in style - both left-sided wingers equipped with excellent dribbling abilities - but the fact the latter is already known by Van Gaal and is four years younger may give him the edge in terms of securing a dream move to Manchester United.
Van Gaal has the task of ensuring Manchester United regain their place in the Champions League for the 2015/16 campaign - and will have up to £200m to spend on reinforcements this summer.