Manchester United start summer plans with Depay call

Manchester United have made an enquiry over the availability of Memphis Depay, as Louis van Gaal looks to continue his progress at the club.

The Reds finished seventh in the Premier League table last season under David Moyes, who was sacked 12 months ago and replaced in the summer by van Gaal. Armed with a huge transfer kitty, the Dutch coach broke the club’s transfer record to take Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.6million, and also signed the likes of Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.

It hasn’t exactly been plane sailing for the Old Trafford giants this term, but even taking their 1-0 defeat at Chelsea into account it looks increasingly likely that their target of a top-four finish will be achieved. Van Gaal will be given more money to further improve his squad ahead of a title challenge next season, and he has turned to Depay who he picked in Holland’s World Cup squad last year.

The 21-year-old winger, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, is currently at PSV Eindhoven whose technical director Marcel Brands confirmed on Dutch television: “We have had a telephone call from Manchester United about Memphis Depay. But no talks have been held yet. There are several top clubs who have expressed an interest in signing him.”

Depay, who is under contract until 2018, is the Eredivisie’s leading goalscorer this season with 20 goals in 27 appearances, and has also scored five times in eight matches in the UEFA Europa League. He was again on the scoresheet in the 4-1 win over Heerenveen on Saturday, a result which confirmed Phillip Cocu’s side as champions for the 22nd time in their history and the first since 2008.

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