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PSV hint Man Utd are falling behind in Depay race

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
United cooling their interest in Depay?
United cooling their interest in Depay?

PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Manchester United are not at the front of the queue to sign their Dutch winger Memphis Depay, with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool leading the race.

Our sources confirmed several weeks ago that United had been in touch with PSV over a move for Depay, which was later confirmed by the Dutch club.

We also revealed that Liverpool were keen to sign Depay, with PSV confirming that news this morning.

Yet it appears that the Old Trafford giants have yet to push forward with a move for the 21-year-old winger, who worked with United boss Louis van Gaal during his time as Holland manager at last summer's World Cup finals.

While United are still in the mix to sign Depay, PSV Eindhoven director Marcel Brands has told Fox Sports that PSG and Liverpool are further advanced in their negotiations to sign Depay.

“PSG and Liverpool are indeed a step ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Memphis. United have only informed us about their interest,” said Brands.

“The list of interested clubs has grown in recent weeks. But Bayern Munich are not among the teams that want to sign him.

“It’s only logical that there is a lot of movement around Memphis. He is still a young player, but is already hugely efficient. He should be proud of that.

“There isn’t usually a lot of movement in the transfer market at this stage of the season. It’s an exception that so many clubs have already shown an interest in Memphis. That only illustrates that he’s on the right track.”

Fresh reports that United are planning a big summer move to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid may explain why their interest in Depay has cooled, even though the Dutch winger has told his advisers that he is keen on a move to Old Trafford.

If Liverpool win the race to sign Depay, it would be a huge coup for under-pressure boss Brendan Rodgers, yet the presence of big-spending PSG in the transfer bidding war suggests the Anfield club face stiff competition to seal a deal.