The summer transfer window is not even close to being open yet but that hasn’t stopped transfer rumours from spreading online and offline through the media. One transfer rumour in particular has intensified over the past week or so as the future of Dutch international Memphis Depay has been a hot topic in the world of football. The target man has been linked with Liverpool, PSG and Manchester United, but PSG remain the outsiders according to the media at the moment. This leaves Liverpool and Manchester United battling it out for his signature but who is in pole position to sign the 21-year-old?
Memphis Depay rose onto the scene for PSV Eindhoven in the 13/14 season which led to him being called up to the Netherlands World Cup squad in the summer of 2014 where he became the youngest Dutchman to score a goal at the World Cup, at the age of 20 years and four months. The progression continued as he became PSV’s star player in their title-winning campaign this season. The attacking midfielder who can also play up front scored 21 goals and made 4 assists in 28 league games. The Dutchman managed an average of 5.3 shots, 31.3 passes and 1.9 key passes per game while he also had a 74.5% successful passing rate.
These statistics make it understandable that they attacker is a wanted man across Europe but it seems that Liverpool and Manchester United are already putting together deals to offer the 21 year old.
Manchester United were hoping that the possibility of Champions League football would sway the youngster’s decision but also have other ideas to convince the Dutchman such as his relationship with former Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal. The Daily Star have also reported that United have another idea up their sleeve to outdo Liverpool as they plan on offering Adnan Januzaj on loan as part of the deal which they hope would tempt PSV in accepting their offer over Liverpool’s.
United have been linked to other names also such as Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne, Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale and it seems unlikely that they’ll be able to pull off all of these deals due to the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations that comes with European football unless they also sell many players this summer. Although, it will be interesting to see which players Manchester United sign in the summer as if they believe they can sign Bale, they may prioritise that deal and not bother swooping in for Depay.
Liverpool are taking a different a different approach to their efforts to sign Depay as according to The Liverpool Echo, the Anfield club will guarantee the attacking midfielder regular football to convince him to choose Anfield. The Echo went on to explain that Depay was impressed by Liverpool’s plans for the future and that he is aware of how Luis Suarez went from the Dutch league to go on to flourish at Anfield before his big money move to Barcelona. The article also explained that the priority for the player is first team football as it stated,
“Playing or not playing in the Champions League is not a deal breaker for Depay, who instead is more interested in finding a club where he will command a regular first-team spot and be able to further develop his talent”.
Fellow Dutchmen Dirk Kuyt and Rob Jansen have urged Depay to sign for Liverpool as the former Liverpool hero advised Depay that Liverpool is the club for him as he explained,
“I look through red glasses because I played six years for Liverpool. Only when Memphis does that will be realise just how big Liverpool are”.
While Rob Jansen is a well-known football agent in the Netherlands and he stated,
“He needs to go to a club where he is sure of playing football. I think England is the best option. I heard Liverpool’s name mentioned, which would be an excellent club for Depay”.
Despite these recent rumours, Depay could end up anywhere as there is still a good length of time before the transfer window opens. Although, where the Dutchman decides to go will tell you a lot about the player as if he is concerned about money he will end up at PSG, if he is concerned about the possibility of Champions League football and Van Gaal he will end up at United but if he is a talented young player that wants to progress by playing every week, he will join Liverpool.