With the English football season nearing its close, teams are in the rush to get new players into their ranks. And both Liverpool and Manchester United are eyeing PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay.
According to reports gathered by soccer website ESPNFC, both the Reds and the Red Devils are planning to open talks with the 21-year old winger for a possible move from the Dutch Eredivisie to the Premier League.
PSV sporting director Marcel Brands confirmed that United has indeed expressed intention to negotiate a potential transfer for Depay. “We have had a telephone call from them about him,” Brands revealed. The Dutch player has already worked with United boss Louis van Gaal during the Netherlands national team’s stint in the 2014 World Cup, where they placed third.
“But no talks have been held. Several top clubs have expressed interest.” The sporting director also said that Liverpool has yet to inquire with them. Though, according to a report by the Daily Mail, the deal could suffer a setback if the Reds are not able to qualify for next season’s Champions league.
Aside from the two teams, Brands also said that Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain and Tottenham have also hinted at trying to acquire Depay. Tottenham tried to entice the you player last summer, but negotiations eventually fell apart.
Depay played a significant role in PSV’s success this season, where he managed to sink in 20 goals in 27 league appearances and helped his team secure the Eredivisie title recently. This makes him a very enticing prospect.
However, Brands made iit clear that there are important conditions that has to be met before transfer talks can progress. “Depay must first reach an agreement with a club and if that club are willing to pay the transfer fee then he can leave quickly.”
“We have given an indication of the price for Depay, which is probably more than €25m. Therefore we can have no quibbles with Depay’s management [over the price].”