Memphis Depay This last year has been a more than recurring option in the list of possible signings of the Barcelona Soccer Club. It was one of the first names to appear on the roadmap of Ronald Koeman upon arrival at the club. He gave few names, he had already been notified of the economic difficulties that the Barça, but he was a player who had only one year left and what facilitated his acquisition. Not for those. The culés had closed the transfer by the player but the demands of LaLiga and its financial control prevented any movement.
The story has changed a lot since then. The departure of Josep María Bartomeu, more economic problems, the elections postponed until March … Time has passed and Memphis Depay still in the Olympique de Lyon scoring goals and marking differences. This season he has scored 14 goals in 26 games between Ligue 1 and the Cup and the interest in a player who ends his contract in June begins to spread across Europe.
The Juventus of Turin seems determined to meddle in the signing of Depay for him Barça. The Italian team, according to Il Corriere de Torino, would have already launched its first firm proposal to the player. The bianconeri offer a four-year contract to the 27-year-old forward, at a rate of five million euros per year and with the economic benefits allowed by Italian law.
It is a more than interesting offer for a footballer who could be facing his last great sports train at 27 years old. In 2015, after two seasons at a very high level in the PSV, the Manchester United paid 34 million euros for him. At that time he was an extreme young man, 21 years old, very upright and capable. Despite this, he did not catch on in the ranks of the Red Devils and ended up being transferred in January 2017 to Olympique de Lyon. The French paid for him nothing more and nothing less than 16 kilos for him, already profitable after five seasons and 68 goals to his credit.
The truth is that Koeman has talked about Depay openly on several occasions. In fact, this has led to some recent run-in with Rudi Garcia, current Lyon coach, with whom he had a dialectical meeting in the press room. The culé coach trained him during his time as a Dutch coach and knows the qualities and potential of the footballer, who could fit perfectly into his schemes.
The ball is currently on the court of the future president of the Barcelona, not only the possibility of offering Depay a contract that binds him to the club for the next season, but also the decision of whether Ronald Koeman is the right coach for the next season. In the end, the Lyon striker is an option that the Dutch coach proposes and that ends up not coming together.
Memphis It is still an attractive opportunity in the market given that his contract ends and he would reach any club free, a situation that many clubs are currently taking into account, plagued by the losses that the pandemic has generated during the last year. In fact, Real Madrid also considered his incorporation this past January given the economic facilities of his incorporation and the good harmony existing with the French club. And the player always liked white …
Offers will not be lacking Depay, which at the moment is still in its thirteen does not renewr your contract with him Olympique de Lyon waiting for an opportunity that meets both his sporting and economic demands and that pushes him a step above among the European stars. Milan, Juventus, Barça and Real Madrid are some of those who have already shown interest.