Stan Collymore has suggested in The Bleacher Report that Memphis Depay’s agent used Liverpool in order to get his client sign for Manchester United.
“Manchester United has reached agreement with PSV Eindhoven and Memphis Depay for the player's transfer, subject to a medical, once the transfer window opens in June,” read a statement on United’s official website on Thursday.
PSV’s technical director Marcel Brands later told Sky Sports that Liverpool were interested in the 21-year-old, but the youngster chose United instead.
Former Liverpool striker Collymore has now suggested that the Reds were being used by Depay’s agent in order for United to hasten the deal.
“In recent seasons, we have seen Champions League teams gazump Europa League clubs in the transfer market,” the 44-year-old wrote in The Bleacher Report.
“Similarly, Liverpool were pipped at the last minute by Manchester United after Depay had spoken with the Anfield club,” added Collymore.
“I think these clubs are being used, essentially, as bait by agents knowing that the Europa-bound teams are looking desperately for players that Champions League clubs are also after.”
Liverpool may be a big club, but for someone as highly rated as Depay, they were probably never in with a chance.
The 21-year-old is one of the best young players in Europe, and having worked with United manager Louis van Gaal at the Netherlands national team, he knows what he is getting into at Old Trafford.
With no Champions League football to offer, Liverpool cannot attract such big name-players.