25 Dec 2015

Better than Firmino? £30m attacker admits he 'spoke to Liverpool' and confirms transfer failure details

Last summer, Dutch attacker Memphis Depay was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, and at one point, Depay reportedly met with Ian Ayre and 'several other Anfield officials' to discuss a possible transfer. The deal ultimately fell through, but Depay has now confirmed the Reds were definitely interested.

When asked this week about his transfer to Manchester United, the allegedly 'superb' Depay - who cost £30m - told Dutch newspaper AD:

"I spoke to Liverpool, they were really concrete, but because of an injury in their team they wanted to wait a bit".

This is typical Liverpool: if the club isn't lowballing teams with derisory offers, it's stalling and/or wasting time, which is what appears to have happened in this particular situation.

It's unclear why an 'injury' stopped the deal from going through, though.

At the time of the speculation, Daniel Sturridge was the only attacking player out injured, and given his perennial injury status (and Balotelli's failure to contribute), bringing in a player like Depay was surely a no-brainer?

Liverpool ended up signing Roberto Firmino instead, but both players have struggled to live up their price tags, and the hype that preceded their transfers:

* Depay: 5 goals/5 assists in 23 appearances (Goal/assist every 164 minutes)

* Firmino: 1 goal/4 assists in 20 appearances (Goal/assist every 202 mins).

Who got the best deal: Liverpool or Manchester United?

Author: Jaimie K


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