Serie A champions Juventus will be taking a giant step towards future success if they beat Manchester United and Arsenal to the services of PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.
The Dutchman, who has also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur in the past, is one of Europe’s most promising talents and was an integral part of Louis Van Gaal’s World Cup squad in Brazil earlier in the summer.
And with Massimiliano Allegri’s side already boasting a plethora of attacking talents Depay’s arrival would give them an added dimension that could lead to glory outside of Italy.
World Cup star
Few expected the Netherlands to mount a serious challenge in Brazil, but under Louis van Gaal they defied the odds to make the semi-finals of the tournament.
The summer showpiece became the home to great goals and moments of magic, but one result that stood out was the 5-1 thumping of holders Spain with Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben particularly excellent.
Depay failed to feature on that occasion but scored twice in the tournament, his goals coming against Australia and Chile in the group stages.
Such dazzling performances failed to end his country’s agonising wait for the golden gauntlet, but did spark the superpowers of the game into casting a wondering eye in his direction.
Allegri did snap up Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in the summer, but would be strong favourites for the Dutchman if they follow up their initial interest.
Carlos Tevez is the only part of the attacking juggernaut that remains consolidated in his position, with the Italian also fortunate to call on Fernando Llorente, Kwadwo Asamoah and Sebastian Giovinco if necessary.
Depay’s rapid, energetic game combined with his obvious talent has drawn comparisons with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Spanish side would be unlikely to move for his apparent heir.
His rapidity combined with his attitude could lead to the grandest of footballing paths, and with the Old Lady’s powers showing no sign of fading anytime soon a move to Turin could see him fulfil his potential.
There is also great hope that a move to Juventus could see him rise to the occasion on the international front.
Having tasted the feeling of scoring a goal at a World Cup finals he will be eager for more glory by the time the Russian show commences in four years time.
Arjen Robben continues to churn out masterful performances but a time will come where his spark will begin to dim.
He could see them finally end their wait for World Cup glory in four years’ time, and go on to thrive under new manager Gus Hiddink.