Date published: Monday 5th October 2020 12:34
Memphis Depay is close to completing a move to Barcelona, according to his French club Lyon.
Ronald Koeman has been chasing the Dutch international, but Barca were struggling with the financial aspect of the deal.
Last month Dutch paper De Telegraaf reported that Barca had an offer of €25m plus €5m in add-ons accepted by Ligue 1 side Lyon.
However, Koeman said that was not the case because financially they can not fund the deal.
He told Fox Sports Netherlands: “For Depay to arrive, you must first sell.”
Since then Luis Suarez has departed for Atletico Madrid and a deal now looks possible.
Sporting director Juninho told Telefoot Chaine: “He has 12 months left on his contract, so…He has got an agreement with Barcelona, we don’t hide that. It is possible that Memphis signs for Barcelona, but it is not certain. He is the most likely to go. If he stays, he will help us.”
That transfer could help move Ousmane Dembele out and ESPN claim Barca are expecting a call over a last-ditch move for the France attacker.
The outlet maintain that “for Depay to arrive, sources said that Dembele must leave first”.
United have registered their interest in Dembele and are said to be keen on a loan deal. Barca though want a permanent move for the former Dortmund star.
The Independent though suggest the Dembele deal is “currently seen as a deal that is more possible to pull off than Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho”.
Koeman, who left the attacker as an unused sub at the Camp Nou on Sunday, says anything could happen.
“What is certain in the world? I don’t know,” said the Barcelona coach
“At the moment, he’s a Barcelona player. There’s still one day left for incomings and outgoings. We’ll see.”
Dembele was on the bench for Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla and Koeman explained why the forward did not get on.
“I opted for [Francisco] Trincao, Pedri and [Miralem] Pjanic [off the bench].
“We needed more control and that’s why I made these changes.”
United are still understood to be pushing for Jadon Sancho, but Dortmund are standing firm after United missed the Germany club’s August 10 deadline.
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