Why Depay is not needed by Barca

Why Depay is not needed by Barca

This summer, Catalan Barcelona wanted to sign Lyon’s winger Memphis Depay, but the transfer did not take place.

Barça's interest in Memphis Depay did not arise from scratch. The reason for this was the arrival of Ronald Koeman, who worked with the Netherlands national team, at the Catalan club. It was the coach who wanted to sign a universal winger who could play the position of a drawn forward and thereby replace the counterproductive Antoine Griezmann.

But the matter did not progress beyond rumors and conversations at the highest levels. At the same time, both clubs noted the high possibility of the Dutchman moving to Spain. Even the odious president of Lyon, Jean-Michel Olas, said this:

“From the very beginning, I was honest with Memphis. I spoke with Bartomeu twice, he said that he did not know how everything could happen.

Koeman gave Depay hope, Memphis was ready to make sacrifices. Depay is now disappointed, not by Lyon's actions, but rather by Barcelona's actions. He wants to do his best to go there in January. I don't give up on the idea of extending the contract with Depay, but he always says no, so it will be difficult,” Olas said.

This time Olas gave more information to the press than usual. Despite the fact that Lyon produces and sells several quality footballers to the top clubs every season, it was difficult to negotiate with Olas, as with Aurelio De Laurentiis or Daniel Levy. Liverpool will not lie about the transfer of Nabil Fekir, which was supposed to take place two years ago.

Therefore, it was not news to me that Barcelona was left without Depay. In addition, the Catalans now have a difficult financial period and they are experiencing difficulties due to lack of funds. Most likely because of this, the deal fell through, since the clubs could not agree on the amount. I predict that if Barcelona's business goes up and the team adopts Koeman's new game model, then Depay's transition to Camp Nou will not have to wait longer than the winter transfer window.