Manchester United must get Champions League football to sign Memphis Depay

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Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have been told they must qualify for the Champions League in order to sign highly-rated PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, according to a report in the Daily Express. 

The youngster has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League, and heads into 2015 amongst the leading goalscorers in the Eredivisie, with 10 goals to his name already. 

Everton and Newcastle United are also thought to be monitoring ongoings, but could miss out with the Netherlands starlet, who is likely to only play for a side who qualify for Europe's top-tier competition for next season. 

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Given his relationship with Louis van Gaal whilst the Dutchman occupied the helm of the national team a move to Old Trafford seems the most likely option, with the club still sorely in need of reinforcements if they are to win the Premier League title anytime soon. 

Depay's pace, trickery and potency has drawn comparisons with ex-Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo, and may see him follow in the footsteps of the Portuguese superstar on the road to footballing immortality.

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However much may depend on whether they are successful in their efforts to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, with Van Gaal refusing to confirm or deny rumours linking the Welsh winger with a stunning return to England's top flight. 

Marco Reus is another being hunted by the Dutchman, but may follow in the footsteps of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze in swapping the yellow of Borussia Dortmund for the red of Bayern Munich. 

Spurs saviour?

Tottenham are beginning to gather some momentum under Mauricio Pochettino, but face a huge battle to secure Champions League football given the underwhelming players currently at the Argentinean's disposal. 

Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli occupy the wide positions but often struggle for consistency, with the former failing to fill the void left by Bale's departure to Madrid last summer. 

Depay's arrival would offer them an added threat, and would bring some excitement back to White Hart Lane - something that has been lacking since the days Bale donned the famous white shirt. He would be a certain starter if he was to sign on the dotted line, but with another season in the Europa League likely to beckon may opt to go elsewhere. 

PSV stay?

A move away from PSV is far from a formality, with the player himself remaining coy on any move away from the current league leaders.

"Maybe I'll will play in the Champions League next season with PSV, maybe it will be with another beautiful club," he told magazine Voetbal International. 

"Maybe I'll will play in the Champions League next season with PSV, maybe it will be with another beautiful club"

"I'm not planning anything.

"I just want to keep taking steps in my career."

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