Depay reached the point when he had only six months left on his contract with Lyon. Thomas Tuchel is a former in the City of Light, practically only details remain to be agreed so that Mauricio Pochettino would take over the command in the club where he played as a player a long time ago, and together with the Argentine, the new player could soon arrive at Prince's Park.
While there are rumors in the public about the possible arrival of Dele Alli and/or Christian Eriksen, France Football claims from well-informed sources that the first wish of the Parisian is Memphis Depay and that sports director Leonardo is actively working to bring the Dutchman as the first welcome gift.
Apart from the fact that Depay did very well in France and that as the captain of Lyon he is one of the best scorers in Ligue 1, the reason why the Dutch offensive player is so interesting to the Saints' management is the price of 5,000,000 euros.
So, as we said above, Depay reached the point when he had only six months left on his contract with Lyon, and as he does not plan to extend the cooperation, but to find a new environment, his market price has dropped drastically and he is more interesting to other clubs.
Koeman wants Depay
It is no secret that Depay is Ronald Koeman's biggest wish in Barcelona, but the Catalan giant is in such financial problems that it does not have the mentioned amount of money for compensation, or money for his salary unless someone is sold beforehand.
Milan also joined the race after sports director Paolo Maldini was given the task of providing Stefan Pioli with players in an attack in January due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's age and longer recovery from a thigh muscle injury, but Depay wants to play in a team where he can immediately fight for the title and somewhat more in a European context.
In support of the claim that Depay is the closest to a transfer to Paris, the story goes that he already asked his compatriot and former PSG player Gregory van der Wiel about life in the French capital and the best restaurants and places to visit.
In addition, Depay is privately a great friend of Neymar, which is also taken as an important factor for the realization of this transfer. Let us remind you, the first man of Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas, stated before the end of the summer transfer window that he would not allow Depay to leave Lyon in January, even at the cost of the Dutchman going to the summer as a free agent. And, January 1 is practically around the corner ...