Memphis Depay is almost certain to move to the Premier League this summer, according to former Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen.
The 21-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to both Liverpool and Manchester United after lighting up the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven.
Depay has scored 21 goals in just 28 appearances, inspiring Phillip Cocu's side to a league title. Those goal scoring exploits have also caught the attention of Paris Saint-Germain, but Arnesen believes any effort from Laurent Blanc to sign the Netherlands international will be in vain.
Arnesen, who is now a sporting director with the Dutch club, says that he does not know whether Depay will choose Liverpool or Manchester United but is convinced he will move to a Premier League this summer.
"For me, it's 99.9 per cent [that Depay will move to the Premier League]," he told Perform.
Adapting to England
Asked if he would be a success in English football, he said: "Yes, he will. I've seen him many times this season and he is going from strength to strength, even though he's only 21.
"It's difficult to stop him. It will, of course, take time because it's totally different than in Eredivisie. The level is so much higher here, playing much more games, so he needs to be protected.
"Don't expect too much in the beginning but he's definitely the big talent and he'll be good in the Premier League.
"I don't know where he wants to go. I've seen a lot of players coming into the Premier League from Holland who didn't achieve because the level is so high in the Premier League but Depay can do very well."
What remains to be seen is where Depay will move to. Only Liverpool and Manchester United seem to be in the race of which Brendan Rodgers appears favourite.
Liverpool officials have already held talks with Depay and his representatives while Manchester United have at least told PSV that they intend to make a bid at the end of the season.
Depay was apparently impressed with what Liverpool had to say, giving them the best possible chance of coaxing him to Anfield. However, the forward's relationship with Louis van Gaal means a move to Old Trafford is still a very real possibility.
Van Gaal put his faith in Depay at the World Cup last summer and was repaid with several spectacular performances.
The sticking point could be Champions League football. Manchester United look much more like the club that will be able to offer it as they hold a seven-point advantage over Liverpool with four games to go.
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