Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has caused a stir on Twitter with his new banner, which features his first initial and the number seven.
The banner shows Depay holding up a Manchester United scarf, in front of Old Trafford and alongside the club’s emblem. But on the left-hand side, curiously, it shows ‘M7’.
Depay is yet to be assigned a squad number by Manchester United - that will happen after the US tour - but some Paris Saint-Germain fans on Twitter clearly feel this is a sign that Angel di Maria, the club’s current No. 7, will be leaving Old Trafford for the Parc des Princes later this summer.
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Di Maria’s future at Manchester United is in doubt following a difficult debut season with the Red Devils, although Louis van Gaal expects the Argentina international to join up with the rest of his teammates on July 25.
(Translation: 'Memphis Depay officially takes the No. 7 of Man United, previously property of Di Maria. Imminent departure? #PSG ')
The former Real Madrid star, who cost United £59.7 million less than 12 months ago, is currently resting after helping Argentina reach the final of the Copa America in Chile earlier this month.
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Angel di Maria strongly linked with PSG
Reports in France have recently stated that Di Maria has already agreed personal terms with PSG, who are able to spend money freely this summer after UEFA lifted their Financial Fair Play restrictions, and that a deal could be announced as early as this weekend.
Manchester United reportedly want Edinson Cavani in exchange, but PSG have no intention of allowing the Uruguayan striker to leave the Parc des Princes with Zlatan Ibrahimovic now beginning to decline.
Depay would be a perfect No. 7
If Di Maria was to leave Manchester United this summer, Depay would be one of the leading candidates to land the club’s iconic No. 7 shirt.
The supremely confident Dutch winger has already been compared to a young Cristiano Ronaldo, who wore No. 7 at Old Trafford between 2003-2009, and could potentially become Manchester United’s next star player.
At £31 million, United have high hopes for the 21-year-old, who scored 28 goals in 40 appearances for PSV Eindhoven last season.
Depay wore the No. 7 shirt for PSV, but wears No. 11 for the Netherlands national team.
Schweinsteiger another contender
Bastian Schweinsteiger could be another potential candidate to wear No. 7 at Manchester United due to his reputation in the game.
The German World Cup winner won a host of major honours during his time with Bayern Munich and will be a major asset for Van Gaal over the forthcoming seasons.
But Depay’s Twitter banner suggests he will be more than happy to take on the responsibility of wearing No. 7 if Di Maria walks away from Old Trafford.
Manchester United fans: should Memphis Depay be handed the No 7 shirt if Angel di Maria leaves Old Trafford? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!
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