Manchester United were linked yesterday with a summer move for the PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.
Their manager, Louis van Gaal, knows Depay well from his time in charge of the Netherlands, which ended when he joined United after last summer's World Cup. According to the Manchester Evening News, the winger's current manager, Phillip Cocu, stated that he is likely to leave PSV Eindhoven in the summer.
"Yes, I think he's going to leave PSV after this season," Cocu reportedly declared.
The supposed United target has been in red hot form this season in Holland, scoring 18 goals in just 23 appearances.
Club should look elsewhere
Despite this form, and the fact he's the youngest Dutch player ever to score at a World Cup, at the age of 21, United should be looking to strengthen elsewhere. They should perhaps focus on defensive targets as the club are still desperately short at the back in terms of top quality defenders, although Marcos Rojo is looking an ever increasingly shrewd signing.
Van Gaal has also made no secret of his desire to sign a midfielder this summer, with him having to resort to playing Wayne Rooney in that position at the moment. This is due to the fact that he feels that the club are still short of quality in that position when Michael Carrick is not fit. What Spanish signing Ander Herrera thinks of that is debatable, but a move for a midfielder looks a certainty.
Huge earning power of United makes big deals possible
The Manchester club are clearly not restricted by the Financial Fair Play regulations in the same way that their rivals are. That is due to the marketing machine that is their Chief Executive, Ed Woodward. However, despite this lack of restriction spending money on top quality midfielders and centre-backs will be financially tasking.
The club have been linked with a move for their former prodigy Paul Pogba recently, although his current club Juventus are unlikely to let him leave for less than a king's ransom.
They have also been linked with a string of defenders, including Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi, Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte, Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels in the past. Assuming that United would be looking to sign at least two of those, that would set them back at least to somewhere in the region of £35-4 million.
After this, before even considering Depay, there is the small matter of whether to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal for £43 million. Seeing as that now looks increasingly unlikely with every game Falcao plays, the club may look to source a replacement for the Colombian.
Therefore, you can safely assume that United's summer spending will once again comfortably exceed £100 million.
Whilst Depay has the potential to be a future superstar, Van Gaal's team have greater needs elsewhere and he should focus on spending their substantial budget on shoring up their glaring weaknesses.
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