Memphis Depay will not obstruct Barcelona’s attempts to sell him this summer as he seeks more consistent playing time, according to reports in Spain,
Memphis, a free agent from Lyon who joined the club last summer, was a top target for former manager Ronald Koeman, who signed the fellow Dutchman to a two-year deal and immediately elevated him to the position of undisputed first choice in attack.
Memphis Depay remained a regular starter under new manager Xavi for the first few months of the season following Koeman’s departure in October 2021 – but the Spaniard desired a complete overhaul of the attacking line and made it clear fairly quickly that he would be willing to sell the 28-year-old.
Aubameyang, Torres, and Traore were all signed during the January transfer window, and now that Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati are both back healthy and performing well, Memphis will be forced to accept a more supporting role in the team’s final third of the table.
Publication on a local level As reported by Sport, Memphis has decided to call time on his brief stay at Camp Nou because he is concerned that his limited playing time at club level will have an adverse effect on his chances of making an impression for the Netherlands at this year’s World Cup.
Memphis is believed to have piqued the interest of a number of clubs, with Tottenham among those linked with a summer move for the midfielder.
Based on his 12-month contract remaining, a deal would be a profitable financial sell for Barcelona this summer – yet another scenario in which they could lose a top player for nothing.
Any funds raised could theoretically be used to sign more forwards, with the prolific Robert Lewandowski being a particular target.
Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad and Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea are two other names that have emerged from the rumor mill in recent weeks, but a move for Lewandowski appears to be the most likely option given the uncertainty surrounding his Bayern Munich future at the moment.