Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Memphis Depay and could bid for the winger prior to the close of the current summer transfer window.
This information comes courtesy of unnamed reports cited by The Daily Express, which - as well as suggesting that Depay has been dubbed in some quarters as 'the new Cristiano Ronaldo' - further suggest that any Red Devils deal for the Netherlands international could subsequently see him leave immediately on loan.
A similar arrangement was seen at Old Trafford last year, of course, with Wilfried Zaha having been temporarily sent back to Crystal Palace shortly after joining Manchester United in what was to be Sir Alex Ferguson's final signing in charge of the 20-time English champions.
Aged just 20, Depay has made quite an impact in European football in his short senior career to date, both at domestic level with PSV Eindhoven and with the Dutch national team.
Having only signed his first professional contract at De Kuip in 2012, the versatile attacker has gone on to forge a reputation as one of PSV's most prized-assets and notched 12 goals in 32 Eredivisie appearances last season.
Such impressive form carried over into the World Cup, too, with Depay - who is clearly held in high regard by former manager Louis van Gaal - aiding his country's cause with two goals and one assist in four appearances.
While those aforementioned comparisons with Ronaldo may be laughably premature, his pace and trickery make him a real asset on either flank.
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Manchester United are not the only Premier League side seemingly on £12 million-rated Depay's trail, with Tottenham having been similarly credited with an interest in the player.
Tottenham - who recorded an entertaining 3-2 win over Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC on Thursday evening - endured a quiet start to the summer transfer window, but secured the signings of Swansea duo Ben Davies and Michel Vorm earlier this week in a part-exchange deal also involving Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Icelandic international's departure could lead new manager Mauricio Pochettino into seeking further attacking reinforcements, although compatriot Erik Lamela's impressive display at BMO Field may suggest that the former Roma starlet is ready to make a sizeable impact at White Hart Lane.
It is perhaps a tad early to be pondering which clubs could benefit from having Depay on a season-long loan deal in the event that Manchester United do sign him and subsequently look for other clubs where he can continue his development in the short-term.
If he was to follow the example set by Zaha last January, one would imagine that PSV would not be adverse to seeing him return.
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