Lyon`s Memphis Depay packing his bags for Barcelona to join Ronald Koeman

Ross Houston
September 16, 2020

However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas - prior to Tuesday's 2-1 loss against Montpellier - claimed Barca can not afford to buy Depay due to their finances amid the coronavirus crisis.

Barcelona are closing in on a €30m deal to sign Memphis Depay from Lyon, as Ronald Koeman looks to overhaul his squad at the Camp Nou.

Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday poured cold water on reports that its Dutch worldwide forward Memphis Depay is on the brink of a 30-million euro ($35.54 million) move to Barcelona.

Barca are expected to officialy complete the deal and present Depay as a new signing later in the week.

He began his career with PSV Eindhoven before moving to Manchester United and, in 2017, Lyon.

Joining Lyon was the best decision for Depay considering how his form changed thereby scoring 57 goals in 147 games.

Memphis was Koeman's main attacker for the Dutch national team and sees him as the ideal partner for Lionel Messi up front.

The Nou Camp landlords will hope to bounce back from their disastrous season where they failed to win a title at the 2019/20 term.

But that fee may be further cut down to £20m as Barca may offer their 21-year-old fullback Emerson as part of the deal.

And this is coming barely 48 hours that Barcelona launched what the club describe as urgent operation looking to clear out twelve players in a bid to get funds to bring in at least three new players.

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