Why Louis van Gaal really should sign 15-goal Memphis Depay in the summer

Louis Van Gaal

PSV Eindhoven's Memphis Depay has reportedly re-captured the interest of Manchester United and Tottenham following his impressive form this season.

Currently the Eredivisie's top scorer, PSV Eindhoven's Memphis Depay will be hot property come the summer transfer window.

The Netherlands regular, who broke onto the international scene with a string of exceptional performances during the 2014 World Cup, has experienced an outstanding campaign for the Dutch league leaders. Having scored 15 league goals in just 19 appearances, his stock has undoubtedly risen across Europe's top leagues.

According to reports from the Daily Express, the 21-year-old is being closely trailed by United, who are ready to offer the Eindhoven outfit £10 million for the Holland international, but Tottenham are likely to prepare a rival bid. PSV are expected to demand double United's valuation; a price Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino may be willing to pay as he makes preparations for next season.

Depay's ability to impact - and ultimately change - the course of a match, is a trait that would prove invaluable at Old Trafford. The club have experienced a significant lack of creativity in recent months, and a player of the Dutchman's guile would make a world of difference. 

Earlier this week, PSV director Hans van Breukelen, as per the Express, said Depay reminds him of Ruud Gullit or Romario. He said: "What Memphis does have in common with these players is his ability to always make a difference. I'm often watching a game and think, 'Damn Memphis! Why have you done this or that?'"

He continued: "But when I later look at the summary of the match he appears to have been involved in every dangerous moment. And the good thing is that he always conveys the belief that he is going to decide the match, even in the last minute."

Based on Louis van Gaal's close relationship with the youngster, it is naturally assumed that Manchester United hold the advantage when it comes to negotiations. With United lacking pace and athleticism to surround forwards Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, it is fair to say he would be an excellent addition for the club.

Considering he operates most commonly as a winger, it is truly remarkable that he is capable of leading the Eredivisie in terms of goals scored. He would offer the Red Devils a fierce presence down the flank, thanks to his attacking flair and his capacity to cause havoc, particularly in the final third. 

He has averaged more shots per game (5.3) than any Premier League player this season, while completing 2.7 dribbles and 2.1 key passes. His current strike rate of a goal every 106 minutes, sees him score more regularly than the likes of Harry Kane (110), Olivier Giroud (115) and Wilfried Bony (145).

Depay seems ready to leave his native country and Van Gaal would be a fool to veto the opportunity to bring him to the club. At £20 million the Netherlands man would be considered a shrewd signing, perhaps even the best of Van Gaal's time at Old Trafford. What's more, he is in the perfect position to make a deal happen. 

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