BARCELONA – Memphis Depay, who ends his contract with Olympique Lyonnais this season and has maintained Ronald Koeman as a priority objective to reinforce Barcelona since August 2020, provokes debate within the Barça club, a source from the Barcelona club explained to ESPN Deportes. entity, admitting that his signing raises differences between the directive of Joan Laporta, more favorable, although aware of the difficulties, to focus efforts on a media and indisputable incorporation in betting on the Dutch forward.
Barcelona is aware that Depay (21 goals and 11 assists this season with his team) is on the radar of other clubs and at the beginning of April he held, through Mateu Alemany, a private meeting with a direct collaborator of the representative agency of the footballer, transferring to him that Barça maintains its interest in his signing although in lower economic conditions, both with respect to what was discussed in previous months and those offered by the other clubs that have surveyed him.
Although Ronald Koeman has repeated on several occasions his intention not to refer to “players who are not in the club”, he has continued his contacts with a Depay who, recorded in the Camp Nou, continues to maintain Barça as his preferred destination and has his decision parked pending a definitive Barça decision, which should not be delayed beyond the end of May.
The new managers of Barça have adjusted, downwards, the figures offered by the club during the Bartomeu term, both in the case of Depay and in that of Eric García, with whose representatives figures were agreed in October that were maintained in January , during the stage of Carles Tusquets in which it was valued to advance a signing that finally was not carried out, and that have now been modified downwards.
If in the case of the Catalan center-back it is considered that the differences will not be insurmountable, as for the Dutch forward, it remains to be known to what extent he is willing to lower his salary aspirations … And, also, if the favorable opinion of Koeman, who has treated the matter extensively with the sports management headed by Mateu Alemany and Ramon Planes, it is enough before the club’s leadership.
It is not that of Depay, in addition, the only name that is shuffled among the sports management, which understanding the dreamed signing of Haaland very difficult to specify taking into account the financial situation of the club and the figures that are shuffled around it, would contemplate an excellent news of the stay of the Norwegian striker in Dortmund next season for, in 2022 and in more affordable economic conditions, attack his hiring.
In this way, in this summer of 2021 the objective is focused on closing the arrival of a player with a goal but more affordable for the club’s coffers. Shortly after ruling out Sergio Agüero’s option, Depay stands as the most feasible in a list in which Alexander Isak, whom Barça has been closely monitoring for several months, remains.