Manchester United have already opened negotiations with PSV Eindhoven over the £30 million signing of Memphis Depay, according to the newly-crowned Eredivisie champions' technical director Marcel Brands.
The Daily Mirror carries quotes from the 53-year-old Dutchman, who also confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain and one other top European club have been in touch about acquiring the fleet-footed forward's services when the transfer window reopens this summer.
However, it's Louis van Gaal that has been most heavily linked with the Holland international and has already made an official approach to take him to Old Trafford as the Red Devils close in on their first major signing of the close season.
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Tottenham Hotspur failed in their attempt to lure Depay to the Premier League last August after their £15 million offer was turned down by Philip Cocu's side, and Brands has warned that the 21-year-old will cost significantly more than that now following a scintillating 2014/15 campaign.
“That was last summer," he said. "Now Depay is worth more than that.
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“It’s true there has been contact with Manchester United and Paris St. Germain and a third, big European club. But this time we are talking about bigger amounts of money."
In fact, Manchester United will need to fork out at least £25 million for the winger, as well as a further £5 million in add-ons if Van Gaal's team successfully qualify for the Champions League for two successive seasons.
“In this situation we cannot carry on with a club," added Brands, when questioned about Depay's desire to quit the Philips Stadion. "It’s not the most important thing who we talk to, the player has to choose which club he will pick.
“He will make his mind up soon and we know that we are able to agree a fee with that club.”
Depay is currently the leading scorer in Holland's top-flight this term after contributing 20 goals - including one in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Heerenveen which clinched PSV a first domestic title in seven years.
His fine form has been instrumental in the club's ascent to the top of the table this term and so it's no surprise to see the player being linked with a move away in the summer.
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool has also been mooted as a potential destination for Depay with Brendan Rodgers on the lookout for more attacking reinforcements at Anfield as well.
Cocu is open-minded about the prospect of losing his star man, along with fellow 2014 World Cup participant Georginio Wijnaldum who has also attracted admiring glances from a growing list of potential suitors.
"The chance is really good that they'll both go," admitted the manager. "But I do hope we'll be able to keep the rest of the team. A few mutations are not so bad but there must not be too many."
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