Real Madrid are ready to blow Manchester United away by launching a massive bid for PSV winger Memphis Depay, reports The Express.
The 20-year-old was a revelations for the Netherlands during the World Cup and Louis van Gaal was naturally keen to make sure that Depay followed him when he made the move to Manchester United.
PSV Eindhoven held off interest from both the Red Devils and Tottenham in the summer but keeping the winger in the Eredivisie for much longer looks a daunting proposition.
That is because Real Madrid are now thought to be entering the fray and are prepared to blow the Red Devils out of the water by making a massive bid in the January transfer window. Having been dubbed the Next Cristiano Ronaldo it is easy to see why Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino Perez are keen on him.
Ronaldo is approaching 30-years-old and has been so key to Real Madrid's success that a replacement plan is already underway.
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Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez are two young talents able to carry the baton forward but Depay would be another top talent to add to the ranks.
Waiting for Manchester United
It was reported in the summer that Van Gaal told Depay to stay at PSV until 2015 where he could continue his development with plenty of first team football. If he continued to improve, Van Gaal told Depay that he would make a bid to bring him to Manchester United at the end of the season.
However, Real Madrid's interest will certainly put a dent in Van Gaal's plans and unless Manchester United's season improves, it is hard to see the youngster rejecting a chance to play with the man he is tipped to emulate at the Bernabeu.
A matter of time
PSV manager Phillip Cocu admitted last week that it was inevitable that Depay would leave the club in the near future.
He is quoted in the same report as saying: "Of course Memphis will be sold, you can't stop that but it's okay.
"It's great you can build up a player like him, who breaks through, succeeds at PSV then leaves the club when he's ready for a bigger step. That's great."