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Liverpool and Manchester United still battling for Memphis Depay

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Liverpool have been tracking Memphis Depay all season and are gearing up for a transfer showdown with Manchester United, according to reports in Holland.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with the talented young winger in the past, however De Telegraaf report that neither side will firm up their interest in the summer.

Interest

Tottenham are another club who have been credited with an interest in Depay and offered £20 million for him last summer, however the 21-year-old opted to stay put for another season and Spurs have conceded defeat already ahead of the summer window.

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Manchester United appear to have the upper hand in the race to sign Depay who has been in superb form this season, scoring 19 goals in 26 Eredivise games so far, because of his close relationship with Louis van Gaal.

Big break

The Red Devils boss selected Depay for his Dutch squad at the World Cup in Brazil last summer, while he also shares a close relationship with PSV technical director Marcel Brands which could help Manchester United get the deal done.

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Liverpool will be hoping to stop that having invested time and effort into scouting Depay this season. De Telegraaf claim that Liverpool have been heavily scouting the winger over the past few months, and hope that their efforts to woo him won't go unnoticed. 

Brands has admitted that it's a matter of when rather than if Depay leaves the Netherlands at the end of the current campaign. "The chances are very high that he leaves. If you see what clubs are enquiring about him, they really are the best in Europe," he admitted earlier this week.

Big move

'When I talk for PSV I would say he is not ready and should continue here for another year. But I am realistic and if I worked at a big European club, I’d buy him without question.

'With a heavy heart [we would let him go], because a great player and a great guy leaves. But we are also proud that a boy from the academy is going to make such a step.'

With both Chelsea and Arsenal out of the race it seems to be a straight shoot-out between Liverpool and Manchester United, with the fee likely to be well in excess of £20 million. 

Opinion 

Memphis Depay proved at the World Cup what a special talent he was, and this season he's kicked on and proved he can perform on a regular basis. 

The story goes that Louis van Gaal advised him to stay put for another season last year to hone his game which he has dutifully done - and now is the time to reap the rewards. Manchester United seems like the most likely destination, but if Liverpool can offer him more playing time then there's a possibility he could be lures to Anfield instead.

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