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Transfer Talk: Memphis drops Liverpool hint on way to join Netherlands

Craig Burley and Ross Dyer work through the latest potential summer transfers, including Memphis Depay making his way to Anfield.

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TOP STORY: Did Depay drop Liverpool hint?

Memphis Depay is on his way to Liverpool. This is according to The Sun, after the player shared footage of himself boarding a red private jet wearing a red suit on his social media channels.

The English tabloid has put two and two together from Depay’s cryptic post and deduced that he’ll be playing at Anfield next season, though in their defence, Liverpool have been heavily linked with the former Manchester United player in recent weeks.

Depay also appeared to confirm his Lyon exit with the caption: “Merci Lyon,” and if correct, he leaves after a stunning season in which he scored nine goals and provided 13 assists.

Depay’s immediate destination later proved to be Rotterdam as he joined up with Netherlands national team ahead of their Nations League semifinal against England, but Liverpool supporters will be hoping the red hints will mean he’s Merseyside-bound.

And with Depay meeting up with Netherlands, they’ll be hoping the Oranje’s skipper Virgil van Dijk might help seal the deal, even though the defender remains on club duty ahead of the Champions League final with Spurs.

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Silva out, Tielemans in?

Manchester City could be swapping David Silva for Youri Tielemans, according to The Sun.

They’re reporting that Silva is to be tempted by a £12 million tax-free offer from a club in Qatar, with City looking to Monaco’s 22-year-old midfielder Tielemans to replace him.

This would be bad news for Leicester City and Brendan Rodgers, who had hoped to secure a permanent deal for their loan star.

However, The Sun is suggesting that representatives of both Man City and Tielemans have already been in touch.

Silva scored in City’s 6-0 FA Cup final win against Watford and if the reports are true, then he would leave City with four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups. 

United see De Ligt

Manchester United are close to pulling off a transfer coup in the form of Ajax powerhouse defender Matthijs de Ligt, according to The Express.

The Express is sharing news reported by Catalan radio outlet RAC1, who are suggesting that a deal between United and De Ligt is “very close,” stating further that the sum agreed between the two clubs is unlikely to be matched, reportedly £350,000 per week, with United looking to outspend their rivals.

United appear to be up against Barcelona for De Ligt’s services, though the La liga champions need to offload players before they can commence summer spending.

And while United are unable to offer De Ligt Champions League football, he is said to be interested in becoming their main man, with the view that he has time on his side to compete in Europe’s top competition once more.

United are likely to face big competition for their target, mainly from their nearest neighbours Man City, but if they can get the deal over the line, it could make for an easier summer for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to rebuild the side. 

Tap-ins

Staying in Manchester, and in particular United’s defence, the Ruben Dias after their pursuit for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has reached a dead end. United had looked to be making headway in an attempt to lure Koulibaly to Old Trafford, but Napoli’s reported £150m price tag appears to have cooled their interest.

Adrien Rabiot will be one of the most familiar names on these transfer pages this summer, with a host of clubs linked to signing the midfielder. The 24-year-old has been frozen out of PSG and Manchester United appear to be one of the favourites to land the freebie, though The Mirror is reporting that Arsenal are keen to hijack the deal. Rabiot played under Unai Emery at PSG, and it would appear that the two may want to work together once more. 

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