Sunday 15 September 2019

Liverpool make their stance clear on Memphis Depay as Nabil Fekir is back on the transfer radar

Memphis Depay. Photo: Reuters
Memphis Depay. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool are not pursuing a deal to sign Memphis Depay, despite the Dutch international sparking rumours that he could be on his way to Anfield in a series of social media posts.

Former Manchester United winger Depay has enjoyed a sparkling return to form since moving to French club Lyon, but he is expected to seal a transfer this summer and there had been speculation that he could be on his way to Champions League finalists Liverpool.

Depay posted a farewell message to Lyon on his social media account last week, with an image of him dressed in a suit and boarded a plane boasting the same hint of red as Liverpool's home kit, fuelling suggestions that he could line-up with his close friend Georginio Wijnaldum at Anfield.

Yet Liverpool chiefs have confirmed that they are not pursuing a deal for the 25-year-old winger, with Sky Sports among those reporting he will not be joining the limited collection of players who have played for United and Liverpool.

Depay confirmed his affinity towards United remains strong as he posted an image paying tribute to Eric Cantona on his social media feed on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Lyon have confirmed that their French World Cup winning midfielder Nail Fekir will leave the club this summer, a year after he came close to signing for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that his club will only allow two of their star names to leave this summer, along with Fekir.

"Effectively, Nabil is outside of the two players we will allow to leave because we have an understanding that he can go," he stated. "Thanks Nabil for bringing what he brought, we have an understanding to let him go."

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Fekir and speculation is mounting that Liverpool will revive their interest in the 25-year-old midfielder.

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