On a daily basis there seems to be a twist in the already lengthy saga surrounding Memphis Depay’s future.
One day the papers seem certain the PSV winger is heading to Manchester United, the next Liverpool are favoured to beat their arch rivals to land his signature. Smattered in between are links to the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham.
Unfortunately, only one of those clubs will be able to call the Dutch dynamo their own next term, if indeed the youngster does leave his homeland as expected. But defeat in race for Depay may not be such a bad thing after all.
If they are shrewd, then the clubs who miss out on landing the World Cup star could offset their disappointment by nabbing the PSV man’s potential replacement.
According to reports in the Netherlands, PSV want to raid Eredivisie rivals Heerenveen for their own fleet-footed winger, Sam Larsson, to fill Depay’s shoes when he leaves for greener pastures.
Although he is a year older than the man named Memphis, Larsson is a lesser-known quantity, having made just 91 senior appearances during his four-year career.
Only 26 of those have been at Heerenveen, following his summer signing from home-town club IFK Goteborg, but the Swede has impressed in that time nonetheless.
A left winger with an eye for goal, just like Depay, Larsson has netted eight times during his debut campaign with The Super Frisians, laying on six assists for his teammates for good measure.
It would be remiss to say that any team swinging and missing on Depay would find an instant alternative in Larsson, but they could save themselves some cash by moving for the 22-year-old now rather than waiting to see how he fares at PSV and paying big bucks for him further down the line.
The fact that the Dutch club are interested in replacing their 21-goal winger with the Swede should be sign enough that Larsson is worth looking into for United, Liverpool and Spurs.