‘Who would not need to play for Barca?’ – Depay open to Camp Nou swap after failed summer time deal
The striker was near transferring to Catalunya over the summer time and is blissful to see his title linked with the Liga giants
Lyon and Netherlands striker Memphis Depay has admitted that it could be laborious to go up the chance to maneuver to Barcelona.
Depay, 26, has proved an enormous hit at Lyon since transferring to the Ligue 1 membership in 2017 having did not stay as much as expectations at Manchester United.
The ahead netted 19 objectives in his first full season within the French prime flight and, in 2019-20, was a key a part of his facet’s march to the Champions League semi-finals, scoring six objectives in eight appearances as Lyon upset each Juventus and Manchester Metropolis earlier than their European goals have been ended by Bayern Munich within the final 4.
Barcelona have lengthy been linked with Depay’s companies, and would have tied up a switch over the summer time however for the star’s wages pushing the cash-strapped Catalans over price range.
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The Blaugrana must additional trim their squad to fund new signings of the striker’s calibre, however ought to a transfer be on the desk Depay would take into account it very fastidiously.
“I do not find out about Barca. The switch market is just not open. My thoughts is not on that,” Depay informed reporters after drawing 1-1 with Spain on Wednesday.
“I’m making an attempt to present my greatest, to play nicely with a purpose to turn out to be a greater participant. There may be a number of hypothesis on the market.
“Who would not wish to play there? They’re top-of-the-line groups on the earth. Everybody want to play there, however I am not enthusiastic about that.”
One particular person decided to quash any switch discuss is Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, who acknowledged this week his need to see Depay stay in France.
“We’ve got a number of internationals for various nations, together with Memphis, who’s a frontrunner,” Aulas informed RMC Sport.
“Memphis, I’m not in love with him however I believe he can convey to Lyon a dimension that everybody needs the membership to have. However, no, we’re seemingly not going to maintain him [at the end of his contract].
“I used to be the primary to say he wouldn’t go to Barcelona. No one listened to me through the switch window as a result of all people thought he would go away.
“There may be not solely Memphis, but additionally Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele. From the beginning, I informed you, they won’t depart as a result of in a 12 months once we have been unfairly disadvantaged of European soccer, we completely must make successful of the season. So he’ll keep.”
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