Memphis Depay has engaged its lawyers to negotiate the terms of a possible departure from Barcelona, transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano reported on Twitter on Tuesday evening. The 28-year-old attacker hopes to be allowed to leave Camp Nou on a free transfer. Memphis itself does not assume that clubs will pay the twenty million euros that Barca are asking. The star player of the Dutch is sympathetic to a departure, but to the right club.
Memphis only wants to exchange Barcelona for another top club. He doesn’t like a step down. Mundo Deportivo reported last week that Memphis has said in the locker room that he does not necessarily have to leave. The right leg has been linked in recent months with a return to Olympique Lyon, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus. The latter club in particular seems to be an important candidate. Memphis would like a switch to Turin.
Memphis signed a two-year contract with Barcelona last summer and will therefore not benefit from a hasty departure from Spain. If he stays in Catalonia, he can demand a hefty sum of signing money next season in the event of a transfer-free transfer. For Barca, on the other hand, it is more beneficial to get rid of the 28-year-old attacker now. Massimiliano Allegri sees Memphis as the ideal attacking partner for Dusan Vlahovic. In the Barcelona practice match on Saturday night, Memphis against New York Red Bulls (0-2 win) showed that it still has a nose for the goal. He scored the last goal just before time.
Juventus could become the fifth club Memphis plays for. The flamboyant right leg made his debut for PSV in 2012, where he scored fifty times in 123 official matches. In addition, Memphis provided 29 assists. Manchester United took over Memphis from Eindhoven in July 2015 for 34 million euros. In England, however, he never really made his mark, after which he left for Olympique Lyon. After five good years in France, Memphis was taken to Barça by Ronald Koeman last summer. Memphis scored 12 goals in his first season in LaLiga.
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