Liverpool will reportedly move for former Manchester United star Memphis Depay, who is valued at around £50 million, should Sadio Mane leave.
According to a report by The Sun, who have quoted French publication L’Equipe, Memphis Depay is the subject of interest from Liverpool. The Reds are considering the former Manchester United superstar, who has a £50 million price tag, as a possible replacement for Sadio Mane, who has been linked with Real Madrid lately.
Memphis Depay has found a second wind in his career ever since he ended his frustrating spell at Manchester United after just 18 months. The move to Lyon is exactly what the Dutchman needed to resurrect a career that was going nowhere at Old Trafford, with the player becoming a key figure at the Ligue 1 club.
In over 100 appearances for Les Gones, he has a solid return of 35 goals and 39 assists, while also having become an indispensable player for the Dutch National Side. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that Depay is starting to attract interest from other clubs, although what is surprising is the club that are showing an interest in him – Manchester United’s eternal rivals Liverpool.
The Reds boast one of the strongest knit squads in Europe, with the attacking unit, in particular, being a revered quantity over the last couple of years. But, there are concerns rising at Liverpool over the future of Sadio Mane, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks.
To that end, Depay is a viable target for the Merseyside club to pursue, with the 25-year-old being eyed as a possible replacement for Mane, as per L’Equipe (h/t The Sun). And, despite a forgettable past with Manchester United, the history at Old Trafford means that any transfer will be complicated for Liverpool to complete, especially with the player showing his support for the Red Devils on a few occasions.
That Manchester United also have a buyback clause, which was previously discussed by Jose Mourinho, to re-sign Depay means that the Reds will not have a straightforward pursuit of Depay. But, if the Dutch international were to make the move to Anfield, Liverpool will have to shell out £50 million to secure his services.
It now remains to be seen if Liverpool stand any chance of signing Memphis Depay from Lyon, although it largely hinges on Sadio Mane leaving in the summer transfer window.