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Memphis Depay, the player for whom the FC Barcelona has been sighing since the arrival of Ronald Koeman to the Blaugrana bench, has been offered to Real Madrid, his eternal rival. The forward of the Lyon olympic He is aware of the bad economic situation that the Catalan club is going through and therefore, faced with the possibility of running out of that way to reach the elite, he has decided to turn to other teams.
As it has been told Jorge Calabres, director of HE BERNABÉU, in the program Direct Goal of the chain GOAL, the Dutch striker has been loved a lot by Real Madrid to the point that his agent has called the offices of the white team to let them know his desire to join the Madrid team. In this way, he would shelve the rumors of his possible departure to Barça, something very unlikely considering the decimated economic situation of the Blaugrana team.
Memphis Depay is a player who has been in the market since last summer, when the signing of Koeman by Barça put him as number one on the list of futures. Before the departure of Luis Suarez and the low performance offered by players like Griezmann or Braithwaite, the Dutch coach urged the arrival of the Olympique de Lyon striker. However, FC Barcelona was not in a position to close the operation and they postponed that possibility to the winter market.
The output of Josep Maria Bartomeu and the entrance of a Management Board It has made the arrival of Depay even more complicated in the winter market. For this reason, the Dutch player, who stated a few days ago that he was no longer contemplating the option of Barça and that of staying until the end of the season, is trying to find a new candidate for his signing.
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As reported by Jorge Calabrés, director of EL BERNABÉU, Depay’s first choice has been Real Madrid. However, the white club does not plan to make any signings in this winter market despite the departure of Luka jovic. In the Madrid entity they have thoroughly probed the market and consider that there is no option that really fits with a profitable operation, so they will wait until the market next summer to re-study the situation once Jovic returns.
Although there are several players who have entered the scene and possible rumors of exits such as Militao or Isco, the whites consider that the squad has room to face the remainder of the season without going to the transfer market. At Real Madrid they have never been in favor of hiring for a few months. Therefore, everything will follow the established plan.
In addition, as Jorge Calabrés has announced in the program Direct Goal, at Real Madrid they consider that Depay does not have enough level for the white team and that due to his profile, of a player who comes from the band and who has a lot of mobility, he would not fit into that position of hypothetical substitute for Jovic at the top of attack. Benzema and Mariano will be the only forwards of the first team for Zinedine Zidane.
Italy and England
Faced with the decision of Real Madrid not to enter the game of Memphis Depay and his agent, the Dutch footballer has been forced to expand that network of possible suitors who can be reached in the coming days. One of the teams to which the still Olympique de Lyon player has also been offered is the Juventus of Turin. Andrea Pirlo still wanting to strengthen his lead after the arrival of Alvaro Morata in the summer market and Depay could be a player who would fit into the Italian’s plans.
However, Depay does not close doors and his name has also traveled to England, since the Dutchman’s agent has picked up his phone to contact several clubs in the Premier League in what is a large-scale European auction. After the refusal of Real Madrid, the A series and the English league could be possible destinations for the player Koeman dreamed of to complete his attacking line.
It remains to be seen if Olympique Lyon will let Depay out at this point in the season, when they are immersed in the fight for the title of the League 1 against teams like him PSG. Despite the fact that Depay ends his contract next June and that this could be the last opportunity to get something out of his transfer, the French club trust in convincing him to renew in the months remaining until the end of the season and that the The fact of fighting titles with them will make Depay rethink his future in view of the fact that his exit to a great Europe is not closed either.
[Más información: Jorge Calabrés, en Radio MARCA: “El Barcelona es una anarquía”]