Memphis Depay rejected a huge deal from Paris Saint-Germain to agree a deal with Manchester United, according to respected journalist Elko Born.
The Dutch football writer, who has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Mirror and ESPN, says that the PSV Eindhoven winger had a number of lucrative offers on his desk before agreeing to move to Old Trafford.
Manchester United and the Eredivisie club are putting the final touches on a €30million transfer deal with only a medical standing in the way of that rubber stamp.
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It appeared that the Red Devils had fallen well behind both PSG and Liverpool in the race to sign Depay, but eventually pipped both of them with the late offer.
But Louis van Gaal obviously played a risky game, leaving it until after PSG had made the 21-year-old a massive offer to enter the race.
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Luckily, his relationship with Depay, built primarily during last summer's World Cup in Brazil, came up trumps. It is also believed that the money on offer at Old Trafford was more than acceptable.
Once Manchester United made the offer, it appears the transfer moved very quickly, as Born details in the following tweets.
Surprisingly, Brendan Rodgers tried to pass of that Liverpool had no interest in Depay, despite numerous reports on the contrary.
Liverpool's chief executive Ian Ayre apparently met with Depay in a Manchester hotel to discuss the project at Anfield. However, it seems they were always fighting a losing battle and Rodgers is just trying to save face.
From the sound of it, Depay never had any doubt in his mind and seemed confident that Van Gaal would always come calling.
He said: "For me, Manchester United is an absolute dream club, so I didn't need any convincing of the guys who already play at Manchester United.
"They told me only positive things though, and I'm looking forward to playing with my Dutch teammates next to all the other great players of Manchester United. And working with manager Louis van Gaal again is also a big bonus.
"I've learned so much at PSV, not only on the pitch but also as a person. That makes me grateful, but I really felt it was time for me to move on. And you can't deny the interest of a club like Manchester United."
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