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Memphis Depay deal with Manchester United agreed: Louis van Gaal wins race to sign Dutch forward from PSV Eindhoven

By Jack de Menezes

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Netherlands forward Memphis Depay this summer, his current club PSV Eindhoven have confirmed.

Interest in the PSV Eindhoven star has come from both United and Premier League rivals Liverpool as well as Paris Saint Germain, but United were originally thought to have held the upper hand due to Depay working with United manager Louis van Gaal when he was the national team head coach.

Depay flew to England last month to hold official talks with United, but he also visited Liverpool during the trip and it was claimed that the Merseyside club impressed him with their facilities, desire to sign him and their outlook for the future.

But Dutch journalist Thijs Slegers tweeted on Thursday morning that United have won the race to sign the 21-year-old, and it’s thought that the PSV squad have been informed that Depay will be moving to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

And the news was confirmed when PSV issued a statement on their official club website that said a deal is in place for Depay to join United.

It read: "PSV and Manchester United have reached an agreement on the transfer of Memphis Depay to the English club .

They also confirmed that Depay has agreed personal terms with the Red Devils, and will now travel to Manchester to complete the necessary paperwork and medical.

PSV's tecnical director Marcel Brands added: "We are very proud of this upcoming transfer, which came in a huge moment. Memphis has gone through all the teams of the PSV youth academy and has played an important part in the national title this year.

"He 's a wonderful exponent of our training and will make a nice transition to a magnificent club in a beautiful competition. Regarding sports, we lose obviously a fantastic player, which is of great value to the team. But PSV grants him these wonderful step."

United will pay around €30m (£22m) to sign the Netherlands international who has notched 27 goals in all competitions this season and has fired PSV to their first Eredivisie title in seven years.

Belgian football reporter Kristof Terreur added that while Depay is still training with PSV's first-team squad, he will travel to Manchester later today to finalise the deal.

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