By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
The report suggests that Liverpool scouts flew to watch Olympique Lyonnais’ 3-0 victory over Marseille where they closely monitored the Dutch forward and the French midfielder, with the latter particularly impressing the Reds’ scouts.
Depay, a former Manchester United player, could be bought as a two-in-one signing as he can either play out wide or in the centre of a front three.
The 25-year-old moved to the French side for a fee of £15m after a relatively poor stint in Manchester. However, since making the move to Les Gones he has since recovered the form he shown during his time with PSV Eindhoven, scoring 37 times in two seasons in all competitions.
Depay could be brought in to take the place of Daniel Sturridge, set to leave Anfield on the expiry of his contract at the end of June.
Houssem Aouar has also impressed at Lyon since breaking into the first team in 2017. The midfielder, 20, could be brought in as cover for Adam Lallana, who is reportedly looking for a move back to the south coast of England.
Aouar has played 46 times for Bruno Génésio scoring seven goals and assisting eleven. The youngster is primarily a central midfielder but can be utilised further up the pitch as an attacking midfielder or as a left midfielder.
During the first half of the 18/19 season, Jurgen Klopp deployed his team in a 4-2-3-1 shape with one of the midfielders being used as an inside left. Aouar’s ability to play on the left could come in use if Klopp is to ever return to that formation.
While no price has been set for the Lyoin pair it is likely the French side would want in excess of £40m for both players, potentially costing Liverpool £80m if the Reds want both.