Manchester United have beaten off fierce competition to land coveted Dutch forward Memphis Depay, with a £25m deal agreed to go through upon the transfer window’s reopening.
Subject to a medical, the 21-year-old will sign from PSV, a club who the Red Devils have an excellent record of doing business with.
Depay will be the fourth Eindhoven export to arrive at Old Trafford, following other blockbuster buys Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Park Ji Sung.
All three left the Theatre of Dreams having significantly expanded their trophy cabinets, but the Man Utd-PSV link isn’t the only positive omen surrounding the move.
Over the course of his career, United chief Louis van Gaal has savoured plenty of success when signing compatriots he has coached at previous points of his stint in the management game.
He handed Depay a first Netherlands cap and frequently selected the wide man when steering the Oranje through World Cup waters last summer, where the soon-to-be Red Devil became the youngest Dutchman to bag on the grandest stage.
Achievements such as this underline the potential of the Moordrecht native and he isn’t the first whose quality has impressed Van Gaal enough to travel across countries in the hope of rekindling previous relationships.
Upon leaving Ajax in 1997 for Barcelona, he signed no fewer than five players who had helped him hoist multiple trophies with De Godenzonen.
Twin brothers Frank and Ronald De Boer were joined by Patrick Kluivert, Michael Reiziger and, somewhat incredibly, Winston Bogarde.
It won’t surprise many to hear the latter didn’t pull up many trees in Catalunya, while the Ronald half of the De Boer axis didn’t really do the business either, but the other three were smash hits.
Reiziger was Los Blaugrana’s incumbent right-back for six of his seven years at the Nou Camp, De Boer made almost 150 La Liga appearances at centre-back and striker Kluivert registered four goal hauls north of 20 in four of his six years with the club.
Arjen Robben, who is best deployed in a similar position to Depay, was one of Van Gaal’s first acquisitions when taking the reigns at FC Bayern Munchen, as Daley Blind was once he claimed the United gaffer’s seat.
Both players were first worked with during LVG’s two separate tenures in charge of the Netherlands national side.
Blind has been a consistent performer and first-team fixture for the Red Devils during his first campaign in English football, while the four aforementioned countrymen all proved huge long-term successes with their respective clubs.
Each of the quartet kept their assured-starter status even after Van Gaal had moved on, with Robben in particular developing into an integral part of the Bayern side that has become such a force in the continental game.
In five of his six Bundesliga campaigns to date the former Chelsea and Real Madrid star has scored over 10.5 goals, which could make Depay worth backing at 17/20 to do the same at United next term.