Manchester United and Liverpool may both have to settle for second best in the race to sign PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay, as Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to offer big money.
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The Ligue 1 side sprung into action after hearing that United had made an official enquiry for the 21-year-old over the weekend, according to The Sun.
Perhaps knowing the advantage that Louis van Gaal may have – given that he has worked with the winger at international level in the past – PSG have retaliated by making an offer that the Dutch side will struggle to refuse, potentially in the region of £25m.
But United’s Premier League rivals Liverpool cannot be discounted from the battle for one of Europe’s most sought after players. In the wake of their defeat in the FA Cup, The Sun suggest that Brendan Rodgers has been told to start planning for next season, and the Dutchman is high up on his list of plans.
It is not difficult to understand why the youngster is so highly rated. Depay is the leading scorer in the Eredivisie this season, with a staggering return of 20 goals in 27 games, helping his side clinch their first league title since 2008.