Dutch press comment on Memphis Depay transfer speculation

PSV Eindhoven

PSV Eindhoven wonderkid could be on the cusp of an Eredivisie exit according to the latest Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur transfer news.

Dutch publication Voetbal Zone are divided over whether it is in Memphis Depay's best interests to leave PSV Eindhoven in order to compete in the Premier League for either Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur.

The forward, adept on the wing, demonstrated during the 2014 World Cup under Netherlands national team manager Louis van Gaal - now at Manchester United - that the future is bright, that the future is Oranje as, when selected, the 20-year-old was influential.

He received a touch on the football every 1.2 minutes and, in 100 minutes of international football in Brazil, he completed 11 dribbles, created one assist and returned two goals. His performance level even prompted international team-mate Robin van Persie - also at United - to describe his play as "beautiful".

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the exciting attacker and, according to a recent statistical comparison using Opta data, Depay measures up favourably against his potential winging rivals at White Hart Lane - Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend.

Voetbal Zone said it is "highly questionable whether PSV can keep hold of the player after his outstanding performances at the World Cup." 

However, they did note that "a move abroad at an early age could be contested."

Considering the dearth in quality winger options at Old Trafford, it is quite feasible that if van Gaal sought to purchase the £16 million to £18 million rated youngster, then he would receive generous game-time under normal circumstances but perhaps not in the Dutchman's experimental 3-5-2 system which emphasis wing backs, rather than wingers.

At Tottenham Hotspur, a club who pride themselves on playing exciting and aesthetically-pleasing football, he would likely thrive on the left flank but would vie for a first-team spot along with Erik Lamela and the maligned former AS Roma star's fellow Argentine head coach; Mauricio Pochettino. 

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