Like Angel di Maria, Dutch international Memphis Depay is finding life hard at Manchester United in his debut season and Real Madrid is thought to be interested in luring him away from the English side.
Louis van Gaal managed the 21-year-old at the 2014 World Cup and prevailed on him to snub Bayern Munich for the Red Devils and he joined from PSV Eindhoven in the last transfer window for a fee thought to be around £30m after he finished as Eredivisie top scorer with 22 goals from 30 games last season.
However, according to a report from Spanish source Don Balon, Real Madrid owner Florentino Perez is keeping tabs on the winger as a possible replacement for the Los Blancos record all-time highest goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Depay has scored just three goals in 20 appearances in all competitions so far in his first season at Old Trafford and has found himself increasingly used only as a substitute in recent weeks.
He has also been dropped from Danny Blind’s Netherlands squad for the upcoming international friendlies after the Dutch boss questioned his teamwork.
The report adds that United would be likely to demand around £64m for the player’s signature after tying him to a four-year contract earlier this year. Depay played as a substitute for Manchester United in their 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.