Dutch international Memphis Depay, the star of the French club Lyon, may join Spanish club Barcelona in the summer Mercato, which is scheduled to close its doors this evening.
Dutch international Memphis Depay, the star of the French club Lyon,
may join Spanish club Barcelona in the summer Mercato, which is scheduled to close its doors this evening.
Lyon officials had recently changed their position on selling any of the team’s stars in the summer Mercato,
and this also applies to French-born Algerian Hossam Awar, the star of the French club’s midfield.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed, at the request of Rudi Garcia,
coach of the team, that he would not abandon the main stars of Lyon, who are monitored by the radars of many major clubs in Europe.
However, according to the famous Spanish sports program, Juninho Pernambucano, Lyon’s sporting director,
confirmed that the deal to join Memphis Depay to Barcelona may be terminated at the last moments on Monday,
after an agreement was reached between the former Manchester United star and the Catalan giant.
The El Chiringuito quoted former Lyon star Pernambucano as saying that Depay had reached an agreement with Barcelona,
and it is possible that his arrival at the Camp Nou will be officially announced on Monday.
Barcelona’s veteran Dutch coach Ronald Koeman had put Memphis Depay on top of his priority in the summer Mercato contracts since he took over the technical leadership of Barça as the successor to Quique Setien,
who was dismissed after the humiliating Blaugrana exit from the Champions League (Champions League)
with a humiliating defeat Against Bayern Munich, 8-2.
But the crisis of the financial situation that Barcelona is going through due to the repercussions of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19),
made it falter in making a suitable offer to join Debay,
who played a vital role in Lyon reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League last August.
Barca officials may obtain the necessary funds to finance the purchase of the Dutchman today,
after the sale of French international Osman Dembele to Manchester United for 80 million pounds.
A source close to Lyon told Radio Monte Carlo that Memphis Depay is still trying to leave the club’s ranks to Barcelona in the summer Mercato.
But Olas insists that no major player will leave Lyon,
as it was not possible to find a replacement in the summer Mercato, which is breathing its last.