Manchester United are confident of beating Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain to the signature of PSV Eindhoven starlet Memphis Depay this summer, reports the Daily Star.
Their chief sports writer Jeremy Cross claims that Old Trafford officials are ready to offer Depay a huge contract worth £135,000-a-week–quadruple what he currently earns in Holland.
If the £100,000-a-week contract offered to Raheem Sterling is anything to go by, Liverpool will be unable, or at least unwilling, to match the offer.
PSG are already running a tight line with regards to financial fair play and may not want to blow £7m-a-year on the 20-year-old.
All this leads to a very confident Louis van Gaal. He is of the belief that his relationship with Depay, built during his time as Holland head coach at the World Cup last summer, coupled with the tremendous money on offer, will drag him to Old Trafford.
The Mirror claimed that Liverpool had opened preliminary talks with PSV over a deal with the Eredivisie champions telling Brendan Rodgers that a bid of £18million will be necessary.
However, this report claims that United officials have also started talks with PSV. The Dutch outfit will be hoping PSG enter the fray and spark a bidding war.
As previously mentioned, PSG could match the £135,000-a-week wages on offer from Manchester United, but there is an assumption that Depay has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford.
Is he worth it?
Depay has certainly proved his billing as one of Europe's brightest prospects this season. The forward has scored 20 goals in the Eredivisie and currently leads the race for the golden boot.
However, £135,000-a-week would put him on par with some of the Premier League's best players, such as Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge.
Paying someone so young so much money is a risk as it gives them the opportunity to sit on their laurels. That is the main reason Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has refused to up his offer to Sterling, also 20.
Should Manchester United offer someone so young so much money?
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