The intention of the officials of the Spanish club Barcelona to get rid of two of its stars in order to sign the Dutch Memphis Depay star of the French club Lyon in the Mercato winter settled.
Officials at Barcelona club did not give up in their efforts to sign Memphis Depay, the star of the French club Lyon attack in the next winter, but he will be forced to sell the French international Osman Dembele and his Danish international colleague Martin Braithwaite, to finance the Dutch deal, according to press reports.
Memphis Depay was close to joining the ranks of the Catalan giants in the last day of the summer Mercato, ending on the fifth of October, but Barca withdrew at the last minute after failing to get rid of Osman Dibmly, whose salary ranges from 200,000 pounds per week.
Officials in Lyon reduced their material demand for the sale of Depay to 23 million pounds, but financially struggling Barcel ona was still unable to bear the costs of the deal in the wake of the worsening financial situation due to the outbreak of the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19), as Barca announced the announcement. £ 88m in losses in a disastrous financial year.
The Catalan newspaper Sport stated that the Barcelona administration will rely on financing the Debay deal on the money to sell the players, while the Blaugrana is expected to reap 136 million pounds from the Dembele and Braithwaite deals.
“Barcelona agreed to sign Depay in January,” the newspaper said on its front page, but the Catalan club management is still waiting for the departure of Dembele and Braithwaite.
The report indicated that Barcelona is already working to find a solution to the French position, which also applies to the Dane.
Dembele, who failed to present his credentials in Barcelona since coming to Borussia Dortmund in 2017, was supposed to join Manchester United at the end of the summer Mercato, but the deal reached a dead end, which frustrated the efforts of the Blaugrana to sign With Depay.
The Frenchman’s contract with Barcelona expires at the end of next season, so there is still an opportunity for the club to get a lavish return from his sale.
Meanwhile, Braithwaite has only played 11 games with Barcelona, and has failed to prove his presence at Camp Nou this season. The former Spanish club Leganes player has only scored one goal with Barcelona since his arrival at the team in January.
And if Barcelona fails to sign Debay in the next winter Mercato, he will have another opportunity to get his services for free next summer, when his contract with Lyon expires.