Memphis Depay; the Manchester United outcast by Jose Mourinho and Lyon’s star forward will be looking available next summer for free. Memphis Depay was instrumental in last years Lyon’s brilliant Champions League campaign. But despite reaching last years Champions League semi-final, Lyon failed to qualify for the CL 2020-21.
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Memphis will be available for free next summer and expected to be available for around £27m as per the transfer market news. He has emerged as one of the best players in France over the past three years, scoring 50 goals in 147 games for Lyon
He is the first-choice striker for the Netherlands. He emerged as one of the most influential players in the National Team under his former boss Ronald Koeman, now the current Barcelona boss. After the departure of Luiz Suarez Barcelona is currently a striker short. They are trying out Leo Messi and Ansu Fati in front. Antoine Griezmann, the costly star no 7 of Barcelona seems to lose his touch at Barcelona and out of favour from Ronald Koeman. Koeman has a special appreciation for Memphis Depay also. Because in the last transfer window Depay himself broke silence over his Barcelona transfer rumour and said that he has a very good relation with Koeman. He also said he was very close to joining Barcelona.
But rumours are still there that in the next summer window he will be joining Barcelona. Koeman believes he would fit his sporting project. Koeman is building a young team in Barcelona. He is trying to bring down the average age of his squad.
Depay is a deep-lying striker who prefers to help in the build-up. He is a hardworking player. After the outcast by Manchester United, he turned his career around. What many called a wasted talent is now striking the door of Barcelona, one of the greatest club of football.
Depay is known for his dependability. Even if he is not on the scoresheet, his tremendous work rate gives the team an advantage. He is very well suited for the organised press in the opponent half. He is physical and he will give Barcelona the pace they want in the front three.
He can’t be called a direct replacement of Luis Suarez. Because his profile doesn’t exactly fit with Suarez. But this is a new looking Barcelona with new ideas of Ronald Koeman. Suarez was a good fit for Barcelona in the league. But his record in Champions League especially in away matches were in question in these last few years. Depay is a proven talent in Europe. He is on the prime years of his career. If Griezmann misfires in Barcelona, he will be breathing down the neck of the no 7.
With Lyon out, Depay will be looking to spend his prime years in a side competing in Champions League 2020-21.