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Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool didn't try and sign Memphis Depay - round up

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has denied that he was ever interested in signing PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.

Manchester United sealed a deal for the Dutch youngster yesterday amidst reports that Liverpool were trying to sign him - however Rodgers says that wasn’t the case.

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Reports in Holland went as far as to claim that Liverpool were holding talks with Depay over a transfer and were close to getting the deal done, only for Manchester United to swoop when it looked as though they could miss out on their man.

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Speaking ahead of Liverpool's game against Chelsea this weekend Rodgers said: "It wasn't something we were ever interested in. We already have four wingers at the club and have other priorities."

"He's obviously a very talented young player but we have Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic in those positions. We're well covered, especially on the left-hand side."

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Despite Rodgers' claim, PSV chief Marcel Brands has confirmed that Liverpool were in talks over a move for Depay, but it was the presence of Paris Saint-Germain which kickstarted the Red Devils into action.

Van Gaal to embark on £200m spending spree

It seems as though Depay could be the first new arrival of man at Old Trafford, with the Telegraph reporting that Van Gaal will have £200 million to spend in the upcoming window.

The Red Devils splashed over £150 million on a host of new players last time round and will do so again, with Nathaniel Clyne and Mats Hummels believed to be next on Van Gaal's hitlist.

The paper also claims that the likes of Edison Cavani and Gareth Bale are amongst his targets, even though the latter is likely to cost in excess of £80 million and will require the Red Devils to break the transfer world record.

Man Utd aim to complete spending by next month

Louis Van Gaal is keen to get all his spending done before Manchester United embark on their pre-season tour to America next month according to the Mirror.

With a deal for Depay done, the Dutch boss wants to avoid a repeat of last season and get his squad together as soon as possible. According to the Mirror, his target is to complete the majority of his dealings before departing for America on July 13. 

That could prove to be tricky given the calibre of player he is chasing - Paris Saint-Germain have publicly denied that Edinson Cavani is for sale while Real Madrid remain adamant that Gareth Bale is going nowhere despite his slump in form this season.

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