Manchester United will need to pay a fee in excess of £15 million to sign Dutch winger Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven.
This is according to reports in the Netherlands - and brought to our attention by the Daily Star - which claim that PSV will consider selling the 20-year-old, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, if the price is right.
This is despite the fact that Depay, who scored twice at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil under the management of current United boss Louis van Gaal, only recently signed a new contract with his current employers.
Depay happy at PSV
After putting pen-to-paper on the contract extension, Depay indicated that he saw himself staying at the Philips Stadion for the foreseeable future.
"I want to develop myself in this team,” the exciting winger told the club’s official website. “We started a project last year and we want to have success. I want to play for the silverware in the Netherlands and be important for the team. I'm really glad I came to an agreement with the club."
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Tottenham and Real Madrid keen
Manchester United and Van Gaal are not the only ones interested in signing Depay, however. Tottenham have been strongly linked with the Dutch star, while European champions Real Madrid also have an interest in the PSV number seven.
Depay has impressed over the past couple of seasons in the Eredivisie - and this term he has netted a remarkable 10 goals in 10 appearances, including six in six in the league, to further enhance his burgeoning reputation.
As well as his keen eye for goal, Depay bares more striking similarities with a young Cristiano Ronaldo, including his pace, strength, dribbling prowess and the ability to score from distance.
And like Ronaldo, Depay could be convinced that he can hone his development at Old Trafford, where the current Ballon d’Or holder went from raw teenager to global superstar within the space of four or five years.
The big question, though, is where would Depay fit into United’s starting line-up? United aren’t short of quality in attacking areas, but Van Gaal may regard the Dutchman as a better alternative to Antonio Valencia or Adnan Januzaj, who could be loaned out in January.