Even though the summer transfer window has officially ended, the news of a potential transfer is still being heard at this time. Including one of them linking the Dutch winger, Memphis Depay with Spanish La Liga giants, FC Barcelona.
Yes, in fact, in the summer transfer market, Memphis Depay has been repeatedly linked with Barcelona. This is related to the presence of Ronald Koeman as the new manager of the Catalan giants to replace Quique Setien.
Previously, Koeman himself was a former coach of the Dutch national team, so he knew exactly the quality of De Oranje’s players including Memphis Depay as one of the mainstays on the front lines.
Moreover, the club has sold Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, which has paved the way for Depay to join him even bigger. However, in the end no agreement was reached.
According to information heard at the time, it was reported that Barcelona was unable to pay the price tagged by Lyon. Until the summer transfer window closes, this transfer news only ends as mere speculation.
However, recently, reports have started to emerge again claiming that Barcelona have still not given up on Depay’s hunt. They will reportedly try to sign Depay again in January.
Interestingly, Depay also seems still interested in the opportunity to join Camp Nou next winter. To reporters, he admitted that he could not promise to stay at Lyon in the middle of the season or next season.
“I don’t want to make promises that I am not sure I can keep,” said the player.
Coincidentally, at that time Depay’s remaining contract at the French Club lasted only eight months. On the one hand, the player’s statement above seems to be an indication that he is reluctant to renew his contract again.
Yes, in other words Lyon must consider the option to sell the player before he leaves on a free transfer or free at the end of his contract this summer.
Barcelona itself benefited from Depay’s contract situation, the reason is that the club has the potential to only pay half the price.