MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign forward Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven and the Red Devils boss said he had to act quickly to prevent his from joining PSG.
The club revealed the news on its website on Thursday morning, following ongoing reports in regional papers.
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Depay, who was also linked with a move to Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, is set to complete the switch in the summer transfer window once a medical and final personal details are ironed-out.
Reported news say the Dutch winger will cost the Red Devils some £25 million, with Sky Sports adding that he schedule to sign a four year, with the option of an extra year.
“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,” Manchester United said in a statement on its official website.
The 21-year-old Depay was a member of the Netherlands side that finished third at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil — which was then managed by current Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal — and reports claimed that his relationship with the former national boss, played a big role in him opting to join Manchester United.
Depay, who joined the PSV youth academy in 2006 before working his way up the ranks and into the senior setup, was very instrumental in helping his side win its first title in seven years.
He is now looking forward to next chapter in this career.
“It’s fantastic. A dream come true. It’s a very big step to a very big competition,” the winger said. “When all my teammates come over to wish you good luck it says it all about the season and PSV’s youth system.
“I’ve been here since I was 12 and worked hard. I’ve encountered many different difficulties to reach this point – blood, sweat, tears and ups and downs.
“But it all resulted in something beautiful. I’ve grown up as a player and as a person, so it will be very emotional for me.”
PSV, although sad to see him departing, is wishing their top-man well in his future move. He was the top scorer in the Eredivisie this season with 21 goals.
“We are very proud of this transfer,” Marcel Brands, PSV’s technical director said.
“Memphis has come up through all the PSV teams from the youth academy and has played an important part in winnng the title this year.
“He’s a wonderful exponent of our training and will be a great addition to a magnificent club in a beautiful competition.
“We’re obviously losing a fantastic player who is of great value to the team. But PSV grants him this wonderful move.”
Fellow English Premier League club Liverpool were said to be in advance talks with the player’s agent, but it is understood that the Dutch international, who scored two goals at last year’s World Cup, wanted a move to Old Trafford.
He is set to join fellow countryman and forward Robin van Persie.
Even though PSV have already wrapped up the title this season, Sporting Alert understands that Van Gaal has no problems with him playing the final pair of fixtures to end the campaign.
The Manchester United boss confirmed that the reason why he signed the Dutchman so was because the winger would have been captured by PSG in the summer.
“He’s a goalscoring winger and there aren’t so many of them in the world,” Van Gaal, who revealed the deal was done in one day, told MUTV.
“[Lionel] Messi is one of those.
“I was forced to handle [the situation] as a manager because, otherwise, he was going to PSG, that’s why I had to sign him and we’ve done it within one day.
“But, for us, it’s better to focus on the game against Palace.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester United and Holland defender Jaap Stam is backing Depay to be a success at Old Trafford.
“He’s a quality player,” Stam told MUTV. “United always want to attack and the club always has an interest in players that have a lot of pace and who can also play the one-vs-ones and create something or score goals.
“Memphis is that type of player.
“He’s proven that in Holland for a couple of seasons now and also with the national team and I think it’s a good step for him to join United now, and also work with (manager) Louis van Gaal because he knows him very well of course.”