Liverpool have built a reputation as one of the savviest operators in the transfer market in world football. Michael Edwards and co have spent the past few years assembling one of most domineering squads on the planet and with a miniscule net spend. The Reds should consider another upcoming bargain opportunity – Liverpool should look at signing Memphis Depay on a free.
Memphis Depay in numbers
Many fans in England will find it hard to forget Memphis Depay’s ill fated spell at Manchester United.
The 26-year-old Dutchman joined the Red Devils in 2015 for a whopping £31m.
He went on to score just seven goals in 53 games for the Old Trafford side before being sold to Lyon for just £16m two years later.
Since arriving in France the has flourished. Depay has netted 58 goals and bagged 43 assists for the French side.
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Liverpool could bag Depay on a free
This summer Barcelona were widely expected to complete the signing of Memphis Depay, particularly after the arrival of Ronald Koeman.
However, no such move materialised. The Dutchman remained at Lyon and is now entering the final year of his contract.
This means that from January the Reds will be able to approach the versatile forward with a view to signing him on a free transfer. The Sunday Express reported Liverpool interest in Depay last December.
Given that Barcelona were said to be signing him for a fee of £27.2m, this would be quite a bargain.
The 26-year-old plays primarily on the left wing but he can also be deployed on the right or through the middle – showcasing a versatility which Jürgen Klopp loves.
Repeat of Salah deal
If Liverpool signed Depay he wouldn’t be the first player to fail at a Premier League rival before kicking on at Liverpool.
Mo Salah had a torrid time at Chelsea before developing in Serie A and subsequently returning to the Premier League to tear it up for the Reds.
When Salah arrived from Roma he was taunted as a Chelsea reject. The Egyptian went on to prove all of his doubters wrong.
Given that Memphis also has unfinished business in the Premier League, Liverpool signing Depay could mirror the Mo Salah arrival.
There can surely be nothing better than signing a lad on a free and for him to go on and score a mountain of goals after United lost £15m on him.