Manchester United and Manchester City could be heading for a summer clash in the transfer market, as a long-term Louis van Gaal target has now piqued the interest of their arch rivals across the city.
According to The Sun, the head of recruitment at the Etihad Stadium travelled out to Holland last week to get a closer look at the in-form winger, who has been scoring regularly for PSV this season in the Eredivisie.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal’s admiration for Depay is well known and the Old Trafford boss took the 21-year-old World Cup in Brazil last year as part of the Netherlands squad, making four appearances and scoring two goals as Oranje finished in third place.
A big-money summer move is tipped to be in the offing and the Premier League giants could well be bidding against one another come the end of the season. With the level of spending power at both clubs’ disposal, a bidding war could see the price be substantial.
Manchester United have struggled to create chances this season and Depay could provide a remedy to that with his ability to play out wide or through the centre. He has been among the goals so far for PSV this season, hitting 15 in only 19 league appearances.
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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has plenty of attacking options at his disposal and the signing of Depay would be something of a surprise, especially after spending the best part of £30million in signing Wilfried Bony from Swansea City in the January transfer window.