Dutch journo reveals a ‘forceful’ hand from Man Utd was behind the swift Depay capture

CEbqM8JWgAAfxkkManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could very well be the ‘forceful’ hand Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan is speaking of here or LVG, perhaps.

Speaking during talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show, Marcel van der Kraan revealed how Manchester United swept aside Liverpool and PSG’s chances of signing Depay within a matter of 48 hours: “Up until about 48 hours ago he wasn’t going to go there [Manchester United], there was a bigger chance he would go to PSG or Liverpool.

“We understand Liverpool were real serious contenders, because United weren’t involved. He had a strong favour for the Premier League and he was flattered by the interest from Liverpool. Bolo Zenden and Dirk Kuyt told him he would get playing time there and it would be a great set-up for him to develop.

“But what happened in the last 48 hours was Man United became aware of the fact PSG were prepared to go a long, long way financially [to sign him]. The money PSG are offering to players is, I understand, flabbergasting.

“But Man United attracts players much more than PSG, even though they’ve had a difficult one and a half years. PSG can lure them only with money.

“Depay had not heard that much from United. They wanted to be kept in the loop, but that was it, but then came the moment when he could be signing for someone else and then ‘bang’, there was a real forceful hand at Old Trafford and from that moment on they wanted to do it. And they did it.

“It just shows the determination they have to get things right for next season.”

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