Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind has welcome compatriot Memphis Depay to Old Trafford, insisting that the PSV star ‘deserved’ his move.
It was officially confirmed yesterday that the 21-year-old will be a Red Devils player as of the summer pending a medical examination, with United parting with around £25 million for his services.
Buzz for Depay
Amidst the flurry of excitement and inevitable buzz that has swept Old Trafford thereafter there’s plenty of people who have offered their opinions on Louis van Gaal’s decision to bring one of his old Netherlands patrons to help him fight for the Premier League title. Of them all though perhaps Blind, who plays with Depay international, can offer the soundest reference.
"WIth my transfer it all happened very fast last summer. It took some time before I knew that there would be a deal. Now with Memphis, I knew there was some interest, but I didn't know it would go this fast," Blind said, according to Goal.
"[I have texted him but] I haven't spoken to him yet. I think he will be very busy at the moment.
"It's good to see that big clubs still come to the Eredivisie [to buy players]. In the case of Depay he totally deserved this by himself."
Indeed Blind’s appraisal isn’t unfounded in the slightest, with Depay having emerged as the Eredivisie’s brightest star in recent times. The midfielder playmaker has bagged himself 21 league goals during this season alone, and was a major driving force behind PSV lifting yet another title.
Van Gaal relationship
As a result it’s hardly a surprise that Van Gaal deemed him ready to take the step up in competition to the Premier League, and he’ll certainly be relying on the likes of Blind - who only moved to Manchester himself last year from Ajax - to help him fit in.
If nothing else Depay’s early purchase is proof that United won’t be resting on their laurels in the transfer market this summer. £150m was spent during the break between seasons last year and if reports are accurate Van Gaal could part with more than that this time around as he seeks to build a team strong enough to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City for the title.
A hit-list with at least four names on it has been drawn up by the Dutchman ahead of what is sure to be a frenetic trading period, with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale the stand out name.
Los Blancos will hold out for at least £80m on that front before they even consider listening to proposals, making a deal somewhat unfeasible, but the same can’t be said regarding the likes of Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Nathaniel Clyne.
The former pair could both leave Borussia Dortmund this summer - Gundogan’s already made clear his intentions to depart - whilst Clyne can be prised from Southampton if the right sort of money is placed on the table.
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