Manchester United remain favourites to sign Memphis Depay, 21, despite Tottenham’s high level of interest in the Dutch international.
The £22 million-rated forward has been in excellent form this season for Eredivisie table toppers PSV, producing a sensational return of 21 goals in 28 matches in all competitions.
This form has not gone unnoticed, with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino keeping a close eye on the forward in PSV’s 4-2 victory at AZ Alkmaar last week. This has led to Spurs starting a charm offence in the hope that the 21-year-old will choose north London over Manchester.
Links with United
United manager Van Gaal has very strong links with Depay after handing him his international debut and taking him to the recent World Cup in Brazil. Depay didn’t have the worst tournament either, scoring two goals helping the Oranje reach the semi-finals and being shortlisted for young player of the tournament.
United executives also have close ties with the Dutchman’s management group and this could help push Depay closer to Lancashire. Depay might think that he would struggle to get in the first XI on a regular basis but Van Gaal will likely move swiftly to deny that.
The speedy forward rejected the chance to join Tottenham last summer in order to develop for another year and make himself a better player and he has certainly proved that with his record.
Current PSV boss Phillip Cocu believes that the club can expect to sell their talisman in the summer. Whether it means he'll link up with old boss Van Gaal at United, join Spurs or even another club, it looks set to be a big summer for the Dutchman.