As they inch towards securing a place in the UEFA Champions League for next season, Manchester United and Louis van Gaal are already making moves to strengthen their team.
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On Thursday Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven announced they’ve reached an agreement with United to sell speedy winger Memphis Depay to the Red Devils. The fee is believed to be in the region of $38-42 million and Depay will undergo a medical in Manchester next week before the conclusion of the Eredivisie season.
Depay, 21, shone at the World Cup for the Netherlands and scored in victories against Australia and Chile for the Oranje with van Gaal as his boss. Depay’s pace, power and purpose will add to United’s stacked stable of attacking talents as the Red Devils continue to flex their financial muscles and show the rest of the PL, and Europe, that they can go out and buy whoever they want.
In a short statement on their website, United confirmed the deal:
Manchester United has reached agreement with PSV Eindhoven and Memphis Depay for the player’s transfer, subject to a medical, once the transfer window opens in June.
United are believed to have seen off competition from the likes of Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain for Depay’s services and the goalscoring winger, who has netted 27 times in 38 games for PSV this season, will add plenty of competition to the flanks at Old Trafford in LVG’s preferred 4-1-4-1 formation.
With Adnan Januzaj and Angel di Maria having seasons to forget, the likes of Ashley Young and Juan Mata have played in wide roles recently. If you look around at other wingers United possess, they also have Antonio Valencia, who has played at right back this season, and Nani who is out on loan, plus James Wilson. Depay’s addition will raise serious questions as to whether Januzaj has a future with the Red Devils and some may wonder if Di Maria will be shipped out after his $99 million transfer from Real Madrid last summer just hasn’t worked out.
Depay is one of the most exciting attacking prospects in Europe and after he completes a medical next week he will officially be a Red Devil as the Dutch revolution at Old Trafford continues.