The fans were shaking because of Lionel Messi, watching Ivan Rakitic leave, Luis Suarez, and Arturo Vidal getting angry, but in the end, they could have a much better team than they thought. Because, as the respectable team in Lyon writes, they are waiting for the announced offer from Barcelona for Memphis Depay to arrive.
Depay used to be the greatest talent of world football, especially after the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 where he attracted the attention of big clubs. Yet the most concrete was Manchester United who in 2015 persuaded PSV leaders to sell Depay.
A lot was expected from Memphis but the fans were disappointed with his games and it seemed like he wasn’t used to the English style of football. Even his coach Van Gaal did not trust the young countryman. He was on the bench many times and it was obvious that he was not happy in Manchester.
After that, the trip took him to Lyon, where he showed again how much he can and how capable he is. It was the games in Lyon that could sell Depay to Barcelona.
Olympique will not dare to tighten much, because the 26-year-old Dutch winger's contract with the French club expires next summer, and he has just recovered from a difficult operation on the Achilles tendon.
According to the team, President Jean-Michel Ola is willing to release Depay for compensation of around 30,000,000 euros. Depay is the priority target of the new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, and considering that they only have Roma's offer in Lyon, it seems that Barça could easily reach the Dutchman if they really decide.
The team even writes that Barça could try to bring down Depay's price by sending Samuel Umtiti to Lyon when Koeman certainly doesn't see it in the team. However, the fans will have something to see in the attack, because it is already clear that Kuman's arsenal of weapons will be a serious threat.
Messi was forced to stay - we will only see how much it left a mark - there is Antoine Griezmann, then Usman Dembele, then the upcoming prodigy Ansu Fati, delighted in the national team jersey, it is not impossible for the returnee from Bayern Filipe Coutinho to stay in the club.Trincao arrived from Braga for 30,000,000 euros, Pedri from Las Palmas for only 5,000,000, but he is also in competition.
True, none of them - except for Messi, of course, he is a dimension for himself - is not even close to Luis Suarez, who is definitely going to Juventus. But it is not true that Koeman will not have anyone to work with, even if Inter accepts the offer of 65,000,000 euros for Lautaro Martinez… And in Catalonia, they are already speculating, they will play Barça in the 4-2-3-1 system, Barça will play with four extremely offensive players… At least until they run into Bayern…