Tottenham are ready to make an offer in excess of £15 million for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, reports Goal.
The 20-year-old, who was dubbed the 'New Cristiano Ronaldo' following his outstanding displays at the World Cup for Holland, has also drawn interest from Manchester United. Louis van Gaal was a key figure in Depay's success at the World Cup and it was thought he had impressed Van Gaal so much that the Manchester United boss was willing to bring him to Old Trafford.
However, Tottenham are set to make the first move for the player, launching an impressive offer that is likely to test PSV's resolve. Depay has already hinted that he would be tempted if an offer came in from a Premier League club.
Van Gaal talks
If Depay agrees to join Tottenham, it will be a discreet snub towards Van Gaal, who told the youngster in a private conversation to remain in the Eredivisie for one more season. If he continued to develop at his current pace, Van Gaal told Depay he would bring him to Manchester United next summer.
Van Gaal is focusing on bringing established stars to revolutionise the Manchester United team, and is not keen on wasting his transfer budget on promising youngsters. The pressure is on the get the Red Devils back to the top of the Premier League, meaning a move for Depay is unlikely to happen regardless of Tottenham's actions.
What is clear is that if Van Gaal wants to make sure this massive talent arrives at Manchester United, he will have to act fast should Tottenham launch the proposed bid.
PSV are rumoured to want around £17 million for Depay and it sounds as if Mauricio Pochettino is going to meet it. Depay's comments suggested that he would consider any offer to play abroad.
Quoted in the same report, he told De Telegraaf: "I'm having a good time at PSV but, if big clubs from big leagues come to me, I will think about it. There is more than enough interest but it is also an option to stay at PSV.
"I understand that the fans want me to play in Eindhoven next season. I see a lot of children with my name on their shirt. I'm proud of that but I'm the one who decides how my career looks and no one else."
World Cup form
As previously mentioned, the flurry of interest from Tottenham and Manchester United was inspired by Depay's impressive performances at the World Cup in Brazil. Van Gaal trusted Depay in four games throughout the tournament in which he repaid two goals and one assist.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms