Manchester United might be interested in signing Dutch star Memphis Depay in the summer but Louis van Gaal hasn’t spoken to the player personally over the idea, according to his agent.
As relayed by the London Evening Standard Kees Ploegsma, who serves as Depay’s chief representative, has confirmed that his client hasn’t been in contact with Van Gaal since the World Cup, rendering the idea that he has been sweet talking the PSV midfielder redundant.
So far this term the 21-year-old has scored 17 goals in 24 starts in the Eredivisie, helping to build his reputation after impressing at the World Cup in 2014. Recently his manager, ex-Barcelona star Phillip Cocu, admitted that a transfer this summer could happen as he was ready for the next level, but Ploegsma has made it clear that United don’t have an advantage yet.
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"No, there has been a lot of rumours, but he still has a contract with PSV, so for now he is in Eindhoven. We have not been in contact with any clubs," Ploegsma said.
"They (Depay and Van Gaal) had good contact during the World Cup, but since then there has been no contact."
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Depay at PSV
That doesn’t mean of course that the Red Devils won’t get a leg up on any other suitors Depay might have, as Van Gaal was the man who gave him his big break internationally. Known for placing his faith in youngsters the 63-year-old has overseen the early career stages of the likes of Xavi, Thomas Muller and Victor Valdes, and Depay might be inclined to pick him as a result.
With the youngster having only signed a four-year deal at PSV after the World Cup last summer he will probably come at premium price. That probably won’t be too much of an obstacle for Van Gaal due to the impressive transfer kitty he’ll have at his disposal, but it does mean the Dutchman will have to carefully manage his other targets.
It’s likely that if Depay is sought then the Red Devils will drop their supposed interest in other midfielders, namely the likes of ex-Chelsea ace Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba. The PSV man doesn’t have as much repute as either of those but would be far cheaper, and having worked with Van Gaal before one would assume he would adapt quicker to fit the ex-Bayern Munich coach’s system.
If he does decide that this summer is the right time to make the jump from the mediocrity of Holland’s elite division then there will be few more suitable next destinations than Old Trafford.
With Van Gaal at the club, coupled with his international teammates Daley Blind and Robin van Persie, Depay could develop amongst familiar faces under the tutelage of a manager who would have his best interests at heart.
Whether or not he’s good enough is a question Van Gaal himself would know better than most but Cocu certainly thinks he is, and if United offer good money to try and get a deal organised their view on the matter will be made clear.
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