Memphis Depay wanted to play for a very big club. That was the Dutchman’s speech when he played for Olympique Lyonnais. After failing at Manchester United, he had a great opportunity to realize his dream by joining FC Barcelona at the request of Ronald Koeman. But the latter was quickly dismissed and his replacement, Xavi, never made the Moordrecht native a potential holder. However, the latter has provided many services and even finished as the Catalan club’s top scorer last year. Despite this and his great financial sacrifices, Memphis was not selected last summer. We can even say that the Blaugrana management in financial difficulties pushed him towards the exit.
Close to joining Juventus, the 28-year-old striker has decided to stay. Six months later, he is on his way. At the end of the contract next June, barring a reversal of the situation, he will join Atlético de Madrid. Sport provoking a transfer of 3 million euros (excluding bonuses) and a contract until 2025. But the discussions are not yet over between the Culés and the Colchoneros. In the last few days, the Iberian media have ensured that Xavi wants to regain Yannick Carrasco after the Dutch international’s departure. But the people of Madrid were not necessarily very warm to the idea of parting with the Belgian. Since then, attitudes have changed a bit.
Barça multiply the tracks
This Thursday morning, some Iberian media explain that the exchanges continue. Sport clarifies that Barca are discussing a loan with a mandatory purchase option for an amount just under 20 million euros. If Atlético are a little less firm, a deal has yet to be officially reached and this offer has been rejected. But the Catalans, like the Belgian, who wet his shirt during the discussions, are hopeful. After all, the Camp Nou residents want to secure their backs. If Carrasco is a priority, they know anything is possible as long as the player is not signed. Especially when Diego Simeone, who counts on the Belgian, has his say.
Compared to this, Mundo Deportivo, much less optimistic, says the Carrasco-Barça deal is complicated. The Spanish publication adds that FC Barcelona are exploring two other avenues. The first leads to Marcelo Brozovic, who does not play in the same position as Memphis. But this is not a problem for the Barcelona citizens, who do not necessarily want a replacement position, but a useful reinforcement even in another sector. His name was mentioned in a possible exchange with Franck Kessié. The second track leads to Gonçalo Guedes. The Portuguese would have been suggested by his agent Jorge Mendes, who knows the managers very well. Guedes, who does not get on very well with Lopetegui and has seen a competitor arrive in Pablo Sarabia, will be heading to Catalonia. It remains to be seen whether the former PSG will be the lucky one. To be continued in the next section…