Memphis Depay was on the verge of a transfer to Barcelona this summer, but he stayed in Lyon because Ousmane Dembele did not leave the Camp Nou as planned. Barça then made an agreement with the Dutchman to join them next summer, but now they are forced to react urgently after the serious injury of Ansu Fati.
January transfer window
Barcelona will therefore try to bring Depay in January. Let us remind you, the Dutchman has entered the last year of his contract and at the end of the season he can leave Lyon as a free agent. Negotiations to extend cooperation failed and the French reconciled with his departure.
Which is not difficult for them because his salary costs them 5,000,000 euros a year and he is convincingly the highest paid player in the club. That is why they were in the mood to sell him to Barcelona this summer for around 15,000,000 euros.
However, Fati's injury and the expected break of several months forced Barcelona to start the operation of Depay's arrival earlier than planned. The Dutchman could join the Catalans in January. And at a bargain price.
Lyon has the option to lose him for free next summer or to agree to a transfer in January in which they could earn something. Barça will certainly not want to pay fixed price, but Lyon could receive several million euros through bonuses depending on the performance of the Dutchman plus certain percentages from the next sale.
The Dutchman can hardly wait for the call from Catalonia and continues to send positive signals. "I can't promise you that I will stay until the end of the season. It is important for Lyon to use the fact that I am here now and for me to use the minutes in the best possible way ", Depay said for the French media last night.
The Catalan press interprets this as an open invitation to Barcelona to buy him, but the problem is that the club is currently in a transitional phase without leadership until the presidential elections. Depay is a big wish of Ronald Koeman.
The two of them worked great together in the Dutch national team, and Koeman especially appreciates Depay's universality to play in all positions in the attack, and that is what he needs in Barcelona. It is certain that Memphis Depay could help Barcelona and show that the epithet of talent he once had was not accidental.
If Depay comes, Barcelona could be much better and who knows, maybe they will win the title in the end, and for now they are not doing very well