Liverpool and Manchester United are very keen on adding a certain Dutchman within their ranks. That is basically what all the papers and media outlets reporting at the moment. Memphis Depay is attracting interest from a lot of top clubs but arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester United seem to be the two clubs who are leading the chase.
It was also reported that Depay had been impressed with FSGa s ambition in chasing him as they have been believed to be scouting him for over a year, and with their vision for the cluba s future and desire to include Depay in it. Manchester United do hold the trump card in this chase as it is Louis van Gaal who leads the side and Depay could be keen to reunite with van Gaal at Manchester United. However, Liverpool a according to the various reports doing rounds at the moment a seem very keen on the player and could perhaps land him.
When asked to comment on the links, Brendan Rodgers remained coy and refused to be drawn into speculation. He did admit that the Dutchman is a fantastic talent.
Rodgers would not talk about the possibility of the Dutchman coming to Merseyside after Saturday’s game, but admitted a goalscorer is something he wants this summer.
a I cana t confirm either way – you know me, in terms of speculation of players,a he said. a The kid is a very talented player, of course. But I wouldna t like to confirm either way.
a Ita s clear we need the goal threat for next year. Therea s going to be a whole raft of players that Ia m sure will be looked at, then will be up to the club if theya re affordable and if theya re available.
a Wea ve identified that [a striker] as a priority. Wea ll have to see availability first, and then take it from there.a
Liverpool Echo report that Liverpool officials think it will be difficult to get the player as Manchester United are also chasing Depay, and the 21-year-old will favour a move to Old Trafford, with Champions League football a key factor.
Rodgers said that despite missing out on the top-4, players will still want to come to the club, a If ita s right for the player, and the project is right for them to come and learn and develop, then if wea re not in the Champions League a which is probably highly unlikely a players will still want to come. Of course, they want to play in the Champions League.But if theya ve watched us over a few years, this is maybe a season we miss out on, but if we can regroup again, get some quality starters in for the summer, then we can go on another great adventure next season and hopefully get back in there.a