Brendan Rodgers is so desperate to sign Memphis Depay that he's ordered Liverpool chiefs to rival any offer made for the PSV Eindhoven winger this summer.
The Netherlands international is alleged to have attracted additional interest from fellow Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, but it's the Reds that are now favourites to secure the 21-year-old's signature.
According to Goal.com, Rodgers sees Depay as an ideal fit for his first-team squad on Merseyside and is prepared to fight both Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino tooth and nail for the player's services at the end of the season.
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Depay has been regarded as one of Dutch football's hottest prospects for several years, ever since he made his senior breakthrough as an out-and-out wide man at the Philips Stadion.
However, the versatile forward has gone on to establish himself as an all-round attacking threat, and is currently the top goalscorer in the Eredivisie with 16 goals in 23 appearances.
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The precocious young talent extended his contract with Phillip Cocu's side less than 12 months ago, tying him to PSV until the summer of 2018. But, he's already indicated a desire to take the next step in his career after helping his current club lift the Dutch title in May.
With an 11-point gap between themselves and reigning champions Ajax Amsterdam in second place, PSV are on course for domestic glory which would cap a memorable end to Depay's time in Eindhoven.
"He has the option to leave after this season," - Toon Gerbrands
PSV CEO Toon Gerbrands admitted earlier this month that the club would listen to offers at the end of the season after promising Depay they would not stand in his way if the chance to join a top European suitor presented itself.
"He has the option to leave after this season," Gerbrands confirmed. "I think these players are very attractive to a lot of clubs in Europe. So far, no one has come forward with an offer but I expect we will come under great pressure."
Van Gaal's interest extends right back to last summer when the Red Devils boss reportedly told Depay to spend one more campaign in his homeland before promising he'd offer him the chance to move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2015.
That gentlemen's agreement might not be honoured if Liverpool decide to proceed with their plans to entice the player to Merseyside, despite the fact Rodgers already has a wealth of attacking midfield talent in the form of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and the emerging Jordan Ibe already on the books at Anfield.
It remains to be seen exactly where Depay will end up, but it does look as though his time with PSV is coming to an end. Where do you think the highly rated Holland star would be best off heading? Share your thoughts below...
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