OLD TRAFFORD (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United have confirmed that Memphis Depay had a successful medical with the club, paving the way for him to complete his move to Old Trafford in the summer.
Depay agreed to join Manchester United from Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, where he was the league’s leading goalscorer with 22 goals this season.
The fee to bring him to Old Trafford was a reported £25 million.
A statement on manutd.com read: “Memphis Depay has today completed his medical at Manchester United.
“The Club will now work towards finalising his registration when the international transfer window opens in June.”
Depay, who worked his way through the PSV youth setup to earn a starting place for the senior team, was a member of the Holland squad that finished third at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer and his performances alerted several scouts at the tournament.
In fact, the 21-year-old was on the verge of signing for French champions Paris Saint-Germain until he got a call from current Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, who admitted he had to act quickly or risk the chance of missing out at signing one of the most talented youngster in Europe.
Now, Depay is looking to follow in the steps of former United legend and Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, a man he described as his “idol.”
“He is my idol and a big, big player – maybe the biggest in the world,” he Dutchman said.
“I watched him a lot. I look at his free-kicks and how he moves, but I am Memphis and I am going to show myself.”
Depay is set to put pressure on the current wide-man currently at Manchester United, but former club captain Gary Neville has called on the fans to be patient with the new man.
“It’s a typical Manchester United signing to sign someone who has got potential but hasn’t yet grown to become the finished product,” Neville said.
“I think Depay looks like an exciting player but there’s a lot of obstacles to overcome to determine as to whether he going to become the real deal.
“He’s got to settle in the country and get used to playing football in Manchester. It will be different but it fits the bill in terms of him being a young player.”