Arnesen '99.9% certain' United target Depay will move to Premier League

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The Dutch star is reportedly at the centre of a tug-of-war between Manchester United and Liverpool, with other Premier League sides also said to be keen.

A prominent footballing figure in Dutch football has said that reported Liverpool and Manchester United target Memphis Depay is '99.9% certain' to leave PSV for England.

Former Tottenham and Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen is a man with particularly strong connections in the Netherlands, where he played for a large portion of his career, and also worked behind the scenes with PSV.

And the Dane has revealed that Dutch prodigy Memphis Depay, who has fired PSV to the Eredivisie title this season, is almost nailed on to move to the Premier League, according to reports from Goal

"For me, it's 99.9 per cent [that Depay will move to the Premier League]," Goal quote the 58-year-old as saying in a sporting director's conference at the Etihad stadium in Manchester.

"Yes, he will [be a success]. I've seen him many times this season and he is going from strength to strength, even though he's only 21 years old.

"It's difficult to stop him. It will, of course, take time because it's totally different than in Eredivisie. The level is so much higher here, playing much more games, so he needs to be protected.

"Don't expect too much in the beginning but he's definitely the big talent and he'll be good in the Premier League."

Depay has been a star at the Phillips Stadion this season after impressing at the World Cup in Brazil last year. The young forward has scored 27 goals in 38 games, and has at one point or another been closely linked with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The chance to link up with former national boss Louis van Gaal makes United a possible destination for the 21-year-old, say the Manchester Evening News, while Liverpool are said to be most advanced in negotiations, according to sources such as the Echo.

Wherever he does end up, if it's not in England there may be a few disgruntled Premier League fans seeking out the Denmark legend.

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