According to claims in Holland on Wednesday evening, Memphis Depay is all set to move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window for €30m, that amount converts to around £21m at today’s exchange rates.
Depay is one of several Dutch players who Manchester United have been repeatedly linked to and it’s stated by SoccerNews that Louis van Gaal is something of a father figure for the young footballer and has helped his career progress. Van Gaal took Depay to the world Cup in Brazil and the experience helped elevate the young player.
The fee that would be paid is an ‘immense amount’ according to the report but doesn’t seem to be by Premier League standards. SoccerNews headline their piece 'Immense amount that Van Gaal has for PSV's star player leaks out', Manchester United would obviously be happy to pay such an amount and it’s that which has apparently pushed them into pole position and on course to complete the deal. PSV have already publicly accepted that a sale will be happening this summer and it was known that Depay was only interested in a move to one of Europe’s top clubs, having turned Tottenham Hotspur down during the last summer transfer window.
That the supposed transfer fee has leaked out is an indication to the Dutch that this is a claim which could be more than simply a transfer rumour. Time will tell if that’s true or not. It could be that Dutch reports are getting a little too carried away after compiling British reports and making too much of a fee supposedly leaking... but reports of Depay's impending exit have grown in Holland this week.
De Telegraaf claimed this week that Depay's exit from PSV was more than likely given his need to grow and SoccerNews stated last month that the player was waiting for an offer from a club like Manchester United. AD newspaper have said the probability is now high that Depay goes to Manchester United and when a PSV fan website re-published that story - Depay himself favourited it on Twitter.