After recent reports from the Manchester Evening News that Louis van Gaal is still interested in bringing PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay to Old Trafford this summer, it seems Manchester United will have competition for his signature - and French giants Paris Saint-Germain may have an advantage when it comes to attracting the 21-year-old winger.
"I think that PSG enquired about Depay, yes. But this is not surprising, because I think a lot of clubs want him.”
Depay is quickly making a name for himself in the Eredivisie this season, in 23 games he has scored 16 goals for PSV Eindhoven. He is quick and agile, but shows good upper-body strength and has shown that he knows where the back of the net is.
Van der Wiel joined PSG from Ajax when he was 23 years old and has admitted he would like to have his countryman join him in Paris, and has backed the winger for success despite his young age.
“I spoke with him about PSG because it's always good to share experiences with someone else. It has nothing to do with age, when you leave the Eredivisie. If you feel you have nothing left to learn, it is more about when it is the right time to leave. It is also about the level of experience you have already acquired.”
PSG may still be second in Ligue 1 and in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but their play over the season has not been at the level the owners, coaches or fans now expect. With the likely departures of Ezequiel Lavezzi and possibly Edinson Cavani, the French side will want to bring in exciting replacements to boost their chances of challenging on multiple fronts.
Kevin De Bruyne has also been linked with a summer move to Paris, as reported by France Football, with PSG’s representatives having allegedly met with the player’s agent. With Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore at the club, it is unlikely that the Ligue 1 champions would buy both Depay and De Bruyne.
Perhaps a word in the ear of the PSG president from Van der Wiel will help them make his decision this summer.