Memphis Depay is like a 'young Cristiano Ronaldo'... but Bayern join Man Utd and Liverpool in race for rising star

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Published: 11:23 GMT, 21 April 2015 | Updated: 18:58 GMT, 21 April 2015

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Bayern Munich have joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign Memphis Depay.

The PSV Eindhoven star's talents have been compared to those of a young Cristiano Ronaldo by Ronald de Boer, who also claims United could have the edge over Liverpool in a battle for the Holland forward.

The 21-year-old Dutch international has played a starring role in PSV's Eredivisie title success this season. He is the subject of offers from Liverpool and Paris St Germain while United have also made contact.

Manchester United have made an official approach for Memphis Depay (right), says PSV's technical director

 Liverpool are making a rival push for Manchester United target Memphis Depay

Liverpool hope to convince 21-year-old Depay that he would get more regular football with them

Liverpool hope to convince 21-year-old Depay that he would get more regular football with them

De Boer has been impressed and suggested he could follow in the footsteps of one of Old Trafford's former greats and become one of the world's best players.

'(Depay) is one of the biggest talents in Europe,' said De Boer on talkSPORT.

'He has skill compared to a young Cristiano Ronaldo. He is very lively, technically unbelievable, very skilful, very fast, he has a great goalscoring record, he can shoot from every distance - he has everything.

'For me, he is without doubt one of the best talents we have.'

De Boer, the former Ajax, Barcelona and Holland midfielder who is now assistant manager of Ajax's youth team, believes the presence of Louis van Gaal as manager could give United an advantage. Depay played under Van Gaal during the latter's spell as national team boss.

'I don't want to say which club is more suitable for him, but if he goes to United he knows there is a Dutch coach there who knows him from the World Cup,' said De Boer. 'That is an advantage.'

PSV Eindhoven won their first Eredivisie title in seven years after beating Heerenveen 4-1 on Saturday

PSV Eindhoven won their first Eredivisie title in seven years after beating Heerenveen 4-1 on Saturday

Depay (right) celebrates the Dutch giants' success with manager Phillip Cocu after the match

Depay (right) celebrates the Dutch giants' success with manager Phillip Cocu after the match

Pep Guardiola and his staff are planning for the long-term with wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery growing older and picking up more injuries. Bayern are keen on Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne too and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.

The latter wants to stay in Spain but De Bruyne, a firm target for Manchester City, could be sold at around £40m while PSV want £20m for Depay.

Liverpool hope to convince Depay that he would get more regular football with them but their qualification for the Champions League could be crucial to the 23-goal winger choosing them over United.

PSV value Depay at £25million and rejected a £14million bid from Tottenham for him last summer.

PSV Eindhoven general manager Toon Gerbrands said: 'We have given an indication of the price for Depay, which is probably more than €25m. Therefore we can have no quibbles with Depay's management [over the price].

Gerbrands added: 'Depay must first reach an agreement with a club and if that club are willing to pay the transfer fee then he can leave quickly.' 

WHO IS PSV EINDHOVEN'S STAR MEMPHIS DEPAY? 

Early years and PSV Eindhoven

Born in 1994, Depay started out at hometown club VV Moordrecht - a Dutch amateur side in south Holland - at the age of six before joining Sparta Rotterdam three years later.

The son of a Ghanaian father and Dutch mother, Depay moved to PSV at the age of 12 before making his first-team debut in September 2011 having impressed during a trial.

Depay signed his first professional contract in June 2012 and has already made over 100 appearances for the Dutch giants. 

Playing style

Pacy, with neat close control, Depay loves to run at defenders and completed the most dribbles in the entire Eredivisie during the 2013/14 campaign.

Adding more goals to his game this season, the youngster is more than capable at shooting from distance and boasts an explosive right-foot.

Often playing on the left-wing and cutting inside, Depay is strong on the ball and has more than a few tricks up his sleeve to bamboozle opponents.

However, still at a young age and learning the game, the 21-year-old can sometimes be guilty of making the wrong pass or keeping hold of the ball for too long. 

Talent to one day match Arjen Robben... and already better than a young Cristiano Ronaldo?

While Depay has been tipped to become as good as Dutch star Arjen Robben by PSV manager Phillip Cocu, one man believes the Holland youngster could one day rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ed van Steijn, the man who scouted Ronaldo for Manchester United, believes Depay is better than the Real Madrid star was at the same age.

Speaking to Dutch daily newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Van Steijn said: 'If I compare him to a young Cristiano Ronaldo at the time, then Depay has more strings to his bow. I like him better.

'Ronaldo did the same things wrong at Manchester United as he did when he was 17.'

Meanwhile, former Holland midfielder Cocu said of Depay: 'Whether he can be as good as Arjen Robben? I think so.

'They are different players, but they are both fast and have a good shot. And both always have the urge to learn.

'But Memphis is only 21-years-old and only in a few years can real conclusions be drawn.'

Depay's PSV team-mate Stijn Schaars is also a fan and told Helden Online: 'He's doing everything to reach the top.

'He has a body of a true athlete, power and flair. I'm not afraid of him losing his head. His drive is huge. I like him a lot.' 

International star and World Cup goalscorer

Depay was handed his first Oranje call-up by Louis van Gaal in 2013 and was selected for Holland's World Cup squad a year later.

The energetic frontman scored the winning goal in Holland's 3-2 victory over Australia, before coming off the bench to net against Chile and help Van Gaal's men seal top spot in Group B.

Having impressed in Brazil, Depay was nominated for the tournament's 'Best Young Player' award but lost out to France midfielder Paul Pogba.

CLICK HERE to read Sportsmail's full background article on Memphis Depay.

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