PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Liverpool did in fact try to sign Memphis Depay before he joined Manchester United, reports the Daily Star.
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers had earlier denied that the club had ever been in the race to sign the winger. This deflected some of the criticism they had received for missing out to their fierce rivals on the new signing. However, it would now seem that the Northern Irishman has been caught out by this revelation.
He had originally said: “It wasn’t something we were ever interested in. We already have four wingers at the club and have other priorities.”
The Eredivisie champions’ technical director Marcel Brands has claimed that he had talked to the Merseyside team about Depay. Rodgers may have been telling the truth as far as he knew though, with it being chief executive Ian Ayre who had been in negotiations for the Netherlands international.
Brands said: “There was a lot of interest in him. Finally we spoke with three clubs and we made contact. I didn’t speak with Brendan Rodgers. I had contact with Ian Ayre. I know there were some problems with [Daniel] Sturridge, maybe that changed the decision.”
The 21-year-old has signed a four year deal at Old Trafford, with a £25 million transfer fee agreed. After a season in which he scored 22 league goals in 29 appearances the youngster looks set to be one of the best signings of the summer.