Manchester United target Memphis Depay will want to listen to an offer from Tottenham Hotspur this summer as the threat of him leaving PSV Eindhoven grows.
According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to spend as much as €20million on the Netherlands international as he looks to build a squad to challenge for the top four in the coming Premier League season.
However, any move for the 20-year-old could pique the interest of Manchester United, whose manager Louis van Gaal took Depay with him as part of the Holland squad for the World Cup in Brazil, where he impressed with a couple of lively performances on the wing.
Red Devils looking
Old Trafford scouts were reportedly watching the winger but the Telegraaf report claims that the real interest at the moment is coming out of White Hart Lane.
There is unlikely to be much contest if the Premier League duo end up going head to head for Depay, but there is encouragement in the report for Spurs. It claims that he would want to listen to any offer from Tottenham and what could be a factor in this desire is the success of other players that have moved from the Eredivisie to the north London club in recent times.
Christian Eriksen last summer and Jan Vertonghen the one previous are both arrivals from Ajax who would generally be considered successes, while Nacer Chadli, purchased from FC Twente, also last summer, has failed to hit the heights but has shown glimpses of talent to be optimistic about his long-term future.
Van Gaal’s previous relationship with Depay and Manchester United’s vastly superior financial resources will have Pochettino hoping the Red Devils are looking elsewhere to recruit in wide areas. Depay is undoubtedly talented, but his compatriot may require some more experience for what is set to be a difficult task of getting the Premier League giants back into the Champions League.
Spurs’ summer spree last year following the sale of Gareth Bale did not fire them into the top four as it was hoped and there are legitimate doubts over whether spending €20million on a young winger this summer will help improve things.
Erik Lamela became their record signing last summer and failed to make any impact whatsoever; he is expected to get a new lease of life under compatriot Pochettino, which would mean less opportunity for Depay to play as both Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend are two first team wingers that could consider themselves close to being in most starting XIs at White Hart Lane.