Liverpool ‘make offer’ for Lyon striker Memphis Depay
Posted On April 1, 2021
Liverpool are closely monitoring the situation of Lyon striker Memphis Depay, whose contract in France will expire at the end of the season.
The Dutchman, who has accumulated 14 goals and nine assists for Lyon this season, has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, which prompted him to sign last summer and remains keen to reunite him with manager Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona are believed to have other offensive priorities, namely Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, so they have yet to make a deal for Depay, and the Spanish press believe Liverpool are keen to take advantage of that. .
Firstly, we have had a report from Marca, who states that Liverpool and Juventus have already made formal offers with the 27-year-old.
It is believed that Depay will consider every offer he receives, although his preference is to join Barcelona, which means he will likely wait to make a decision until he determines whether the Spanish side will actually try to do so. sign.
This was later supported by AS. The belief is that Liverpool want a new striker but aren’t ready to get lost in bidding wars for Haaland or Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, and that’s why Depay got on their radar.
Liverpool are excited at the prospect of signing someone like Depay on a free transfer and believe their salary demands would fall within their budget – especially if marginal strikers like Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino and even Divock Origi are sold this summer.
It is not known if Depay would be genuinely interested in Liverpool. Barring a surprise sale, Liverpool’s top three are pretty well set so Depay should probably accept a role as a rotating player, and it’s pretty hard to see him take that at this point in his career.
Oddly, the report describes Depay as an ‘undiscovered talent’ which is an odd thing to say about a player everyone has known for six or seven years now, but the feeling is clear: Liverpool don’t not want a successful name and are willing to settle for a budget alternative, of which Depay could be one of the best.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen his attacking options, having lost confidence in many of his marginal players in the post. He was forced to play Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the ground, especially with Diogo Jota missing for around three months due to a knee injury.