Manchester United are reportedly frontrunners to sign Dutch international Memphis Depay this summer.
That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who report that the 21-year-old forward has confirmed that he will leave PSV Eindhoven at the conclusion of this campaign.
And thanks to Van Gaal’s relationship with Depay from their time together with the national team, that puts Manchester United at the front of the queue for his signature.
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Depay is currently the top scorer in the Dutch top flight, and impressed scouts at the World Cup as the Netherlands under Van Gaal reached the latter stages, only to fall to eventual finalists Argentina.
Van Gaal reportedly has a ‘close relationship’ with Depay, who in the past has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Only this week Depay played up to reports that he could be a transfer target for Manchester United, prompting rumours that talks were underway regarding a move.
Depay, who has scored 21 goals in 31 games so far this season, would likely be brought in as a replacement for Radamel Falcao. The Colombian international has failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford.
And as he approaches his 30th birthday, it makes more sense for Van Gaal to build his new-look United team around young players he knows and trusts, rather than established, and expensive, stars like Falcao.
What do you think Manchester United fans? Is a move for Depay the right one?