Manchester United Transfer News: Memphis Depay Open to Move, Stars Set to Leave

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa is pushed off the ball by Netherlands' Memphis Depay during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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The prospect of moving from the Eredivisie to one of Europe's "big leagues" is an enticing one for PSV forward Memphis Depay, who has hinted a move to Manchester United could be possible this summer.

Depay has been linked with a move to join up with former Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, and Ed Malyon of the Mirror quotes the 20-year-old in suggesting the time for a change of scenery may have come:

I have done my time at PSV but if nice clubs from big leagues ask, I will think about it. There is lots of interest but it is definitely an option to stay.

I understand fans want me to play well this season in Eindhoven, but I'm one who decides how my career will look, no one else.

Depay was a part of the Dutch squad that finished the 2014 World Cup as third-place finishers, having impressed enough in his native Holland to warrant selection for the tournament.

That good form was translated to Brazil, with WhoScored and OptaJohan providing statistics both good and bad relating to the youngster's success both at the World Cup and in the last domestic campaign:

However, Van Gaal himself is alleged to have told his potential recruit that another season in the Eredivisie may be more beneficial for his development, per beIN Sports:

BBC Sport's Mike Keegan suggests Depay may make the switch to Manchester this summer before being immediately loaned back to his current club:

Depay is one of the Netherlands' fastest-rising stars, and when the time finally comes for Arjen Robben to give way on the Dutch wing, he may well be one of those in the debate to become his successor.

Manchester United's new tactics under Van Gaal are very much reliant on well-rounded assets out wide, particularly in the winger and wing-back areas, giving Depay's potential arrival at the club that much more significance.

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And it may not be long before the space is freed up for that arrival, with Van Gaal revealing a squad exodus could be imminent.

The conclusion of United's United States tour may be the starting point for a plethora of club departures according to the manager, per David McDonnell of the Mirror:

I shall make judgements after this tour. I will let all the players play and I know now more than before the tour. Now also it is a little bit soon to judge, but in football you have to judge.

You have to give a chance to the player to make a transfer when I see that his prospects to play are not so high. You have to say it in advance because it’s too late after August 31 [transfer deadline day]. I will tell payers after the tour but to them, not to you.

The Red Devils are currently preparing to take on Liverpool in Monday's International Champions Cup final, having sealed their place with a 3-1 win over Real Madrid on Saturday.

FourFourTwo's Elko Born provides quotes from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, where Van Gaal speaks about his ongoing project in acclimating his squad to the new regime:

McDonnell writes that Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Marouane Fellaini and Javier Hernandez are "all likely to be jettisoned," which, if true, would give the club even greater freedom to storm the transfer market this summer.

Moves for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw were completed early on in the window, but the club have since slowed drastically in their recruitment, presumably in a bid to focus on preseason and assess the more pressing needs.

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Following last season's seventh-place Premier League finish, the general consensus appeared to be that United's squad is in need of a mass overhaul.

However, with a few simple touches, Van Gaal has got his team operating in an impressive manner, albeit only for preseason purposes as of yet.

While most would agree change is required, too sudden a team revolution could also work against the English giants, tactical mastermind at the helm or not.


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