PSV Eindhoven manager Phillip Cocu admits Memphis Depay is likely to leave the Philips Stadion at the end of the season following reports linking him with a summer move to Manchester United.
Depay has been regularly watched by the Red Devils this season, while United manager Louis van Gaal is a keen admirer of the exciting 21-year-old Dutch winger after working with him at the World Cup finals last summer.
Cocu, a formerly Netherlands international himself, admits the talented Depay is likely to leave PSV - and says the club are already planning for his probable departure.
Cocu: Memphis Depay is set to leave PSV
"I think he is ready for the next step, and I think that he will leave," Cocu was reported as saying by Voetbal International. "We take it into account in any case."
The news will naturally come as a major boost not only to Manchester United, but also to Liverpool, who also have an interest in the Dutch starlet.
Van Gaal watched Depay this week
Depay further enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a superb performance against Spain earlier this week - and Van Gaal was reportedly in attendance to watch the ‘next Arjen Robben’ in action.
Rather than Robben, though, Depay appears to bare more similarities to current Manchester United winger Nani.
That, however, is no slight on Depay - Nani at his best was an incredible effective player for the Red Devils but, crucially, lacked the consistency required to become a world star.
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