Manchester United are interested in the services of World Cup starlet Memphis Depay.
The youngster was part of Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side which enjoyed a relatively good World Cup, and it has been brought to the fore that the current United boss is interested in bringing the youngster to Old Trafford.
United apparently also made an approach to sign Depay, who is dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo, in the summer, but despite the United board’s best efforts, Depay stayed put in Holland.
Depay operates as an attacker for PSV and has all the attributes of a winger. He is better suited on the left flank, but can switch positions anywhere in the attack. He is especially great for swift counterattacks as his pace as well as dribble help him greatly. He showed his versatality in the World Cup, often being deployed in the wing-back position when brought in the game by van Gaal. His defensive contribution is also pretty great as he regularly tracks back and helps out his teammates curb attacking threat of the opposition.
The 20 year old is in great form at the moment, and has scored 9 goals in 11 games (all competitions)for the Dutch club.
PSV boss Phillip Cocu knows that it is difficult to hold on to players like Depay and has confirmed a sale is likely, stating;
‘Of course Memphis will be sold, you can’t stop that but it’s okay,’ said PSV coach Phillip Cocu.
Spanish daily AS reports that Real Madrid are also showing interest in the player, who has been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford. United are willing to pay up to £18million to bring in the player, but Real Madrid would easily be able to top that. Plus, as situations stand the La Liga club has a lot more to offer the youngster than United. Add to the advantages of playing alongside stars and the Champions League, Real Madrid are currently one of the 3 biggest clubs in Europe, if not the biggest. However, the one place where United hold the trump card is the fact that it is Louis van Gaal who leads the side and Depay could be keen to reunite with van Gaal. The temptation of the glamarous English Premier League, may also play a part.