Memphis Depay won’t be heading to the Premier League anytime soon, after he signed a new contract with current employers PSV Eindhoven.
The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting talents in European football in recent times, and further enhanced his reputation during the summer when he was involved in Holland’s World Cup squad. Depay made four appearances in Brazil, although only one of these came in the starting XI, and scored two goals for the third-placed team.
It was no surprise, then, that when Louis van Gaal left his role as coach of the national side to take over at Manchester United, that the winger would be linked with a move to Old Trafford. And Tottenham Hotspur are also known admirers of the player, with recent reports claiming Mauricio Pochettino would be willing to pay £15million for his signature.
And this interest would likely have intensified following Depay’s stunning start to the new season. The youngster has already scored four goals in PSV’s first two matches, as he looks to beat his record of 12 strikes in 32 appearances last term. And he could well do just that, after ruling out a summer transfer by signing a new contract at the Philips Stadion.
“I want to develop myself in this team,” Depay, who is now tied to the Eredivisie giants until the summer of 2018, told the club’s official website on Friday. “We started a project last year and we want to have success. I want to play for the silverware in the Netherlands en be important for the team. I’m really glad I came to an agreement with the club.”
United, meanwhile, remain in the pursuit of Angel Di Maria. The Argentina international has reportedly told Real Madrid that he wants to leave the Spanish giants this summer, and he is thought to favour a move to Old Trafford over reported interest from Monaco and Paris St Germain. However, the Premier League side would likely have to break their transfer record to sign the winger, who Los Blancos are thought to rate in the region of £50million.
Last month, United’s chief executive Ed Woodward told The Guardian: “The reality is that we’re not afraid of spending significant amounts of money in the transfer market. Of course it’s in our capabilities. I stand by what I said – there is no budget. We are in a very strong financial position. We can make big signings. I get pointed in the direction of a target that the manager wants and there is an assessment of what that might cost and I’ll negotiate.”
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