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Memphis Depay agent denies Manchester United contact

ESPN staff
March 31, 2015
Memphis Depay is reportedly in high regard at Manchester United © Getty Images

The agent of Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay has dismissed reports that talks have already taken place ahead of the PSV Eindhoven star making a lucrative move to Manchester United this summer.

Depay has been rumoured to be a target for the Old Trafford club since Louis van Gaal arrived as United manager last summer, with his long-standing admiration for the winger cemented as the 21-year-old made a mark in the team he led to a third-place finish in last summer's World Cup finals.

Fresh reports emerged on Monday in the Daily Telegraph suggesting Depay will be a top target for Van Gaal and United in the upcoming transfer window, but his adviser Kees Ploegsma has told Danish publication PLBOLD that no contact has been made with the Premier League club.

"No, there has been a lot of rumours, but he still has a contract with PSV, so for now he is in Eindhoven," he is reported to have said. "We have not been in contact with any clubs.

"They [Depay and Van Gaal] had good contact during the World Cup, but since then there has been no contact."

Ploegsma may have inadvertently helped fuel suggestions that Depay will be making a move this summer as his comments appear to be lacking a little conviction that his player will stay in Holland, while PSV boss Philip Cocu has already gone public in his belief that his star turn will be leaving the club at the end of this season.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph is reporting that Van Gaal is planning another overhaul of his squad next summer as he looks to move the club back into trophy contention, with four new faces tipped to arrive at the club for a campaign that they will be hoping includes a return to the Champions League.

United get a chance to cement their five point lead over fourth placed Liverpool when they entertain Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Brendan Rodgers' side facing a tough trip to take on Arsenal on the same day.

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