Barcelona Transfer News: Memphis Depay was one of the biggest names, that were available on the market. Despite linking with several top clubs throughout the window, he has ended up staying at Barcelona.
Depay got his breakthrough in his career when he joined Manchester United in 2015 on a 25 million deal from PSV. But he was not able to shine under Red Devils’ number 7 shirt.
He was later sold to French side Lyon in a 17 million deal plus add-ons. A buy-back clause was also included in his deal.
Depay joined Blaugrana on a free transfer in the 2021 summer transfer window. After Messi’s departure, he was the main man of financially hit Barca. He also rejected some lucrative offers from other clubs to reunite with his former Dutch manager, Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona Transfer News: Depay’s Barcelona Career
Despite being a brilliant forward, Depay was not able to provide an impressive number of goals. The Dutch international made his debut on 15th September in a 4-2 win against Real Sociedad in a home match. He started his Barca career impressively, but the injury did not help him that much.
After the sacking of Koeman, Depay’s game time drastically decreased under current manager Xavi. In this season, he has not appeared yet. Last season, Depay scored 12 goals in La Liga out of 28 appearances.
Under Xavi, Depay was replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in this year’s winter transfer window. With the signing of Robert Lewandowski, he started to think about changing his club for more game time. He is desperate to secure his position in the Netherlands National Team in the World Cup.
Depay Transfer Saga
Depay signed for Barca on a two-year deal and is currently in the final year of his contract. He was heavily linked with Serie A giants Juventus. But they were not able to make a deal after Juve’s sale of Rabiot to Manchester United fell through.
According to Sky Sports News, Depay was offered a massive salary of £200,000 per week by a London club. It was suspected to be Tottenham or Chelsea. But when David Moyes was asked about Depay’s transfer, he simply denied this rumour.
On the deadline day, several sources claimed that Chelsea made a late offer to Depay after getting his teammate Aubamyang. Many even suspected that Manchester United would go for him, as they were in dire need of another forward.
Barcelona Transfer News: Depay’s Barca Stay
This transfer saga seemed complicated. Barca was ready to terminate Depay’s contract to let him go for free if a suitable offer came for him. Despite being linked with several clubs, nothing materialised.
Barca possibly was able to convince him to stay at the end moment, as they have already lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Braithwaite on deadline day. They will surely need Depay if they want to compete at the highest level.