Sport Lyon still want to sell Memphis Depay - and could do so for as little as €12.5m
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Ronald Koeman had been heavily linked with a move to bring Memphis Depay to the Nou Camp this summer. However Barcelona's finances have taken a hit following the coronavirus outbreak.Ronald Koeman has been heavily linked with a move to bring the Depay, who he knows from his days as the Dutch national coach, to the Nou Camp this summer.
French newspaper L'Equipe have reported that Lyon have halved the asking price on their talismanic attacking midfielder Memphis Depay, in a bid to find him a new club.
Depay joined the French side for around £16m following an underwhelming stint at Manchester United. This fee is thought to have risen to £22m over the years following clauses, with the Dutchman having originally chose to sign for OL with help from computer modelling by data intelligence company SciSports.
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According to Sky Sports, FC Barcelona are set to collect a check for 40 million euros for Nelson Semedo, who will fly to Wolverhampton. What finance the arrival of Memphis Depay, targeted by Ronald Koeman? © Panoramic Memphis Depay Lyon Is FC Barcelona's transfer window finally about to be released? If Luis Suarez remains a thorny case - the Uruguayan is undesirable but his move to Juventus will not happen - the Catalan club could indeed close a big sale in the coming hours.
Lyon have been looking to recoup that £22m with Depay's sale, but with the transfer window set to slam shut next week and no takers for the Netherlands international, they've slashed that asking price in half to try and move the player on.
Depay signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Lyon back in January 2017. He is still on that original contract, which is set to end next summer.
Barcelona were thought to be interested in Depay at one stage with Ronald Koeman keen on bringing his compatriot to the Nou Camp. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has since denied that Barça will be entertaining a bid for his player though, despite looking to tie up Sergino Dest from Ajax in the coming days.
“No, I spoke with President Bartomeu twice on the phone, who I know well,” Aulas confirmed lately. “Barto is a friend, who said to me that they absolutely don’t have the funds.”
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Barcelona continue to be linked with a move for Lyon star Memphis Depay.LaLiga giants Barca have been linked with numerous attackers as they rebuild under Ronald Koeman.
There are a number of Premier League sides who could be interested in signing Depay in the coming days - especially for such a cheap fee. United have a buy-back clause on their former player, though they seem unlikely to view him as a worthy Plan B to Jadon Sancho.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have recently sold Diogo Jota and would relish the opportunity of bringing in another attacker, Leeds United would be a fascinating fit and Leicester City could do with a little more depth. Crystal Palace are said to be eyeing up Said Benrahma to bolster their frontline, too.
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Whether Depay would consider a step down to any of these sides is another issue. Lyon are out of Europe this season following Ligue 1's decision to cancel the domestic season following COVID-19 and Depay would ideally like to move to a side who could offer him Champions League football.
Man Utd 'close to deal for Barcelona's Dembele worth up to £55m'
According to AS , Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to bring in Dembele from the fringes of the Barca team in a deal that could be worth up to €60m (£55m). © Provided by Daily Mail Ousmane Dembele could be set to join Manchester United from Barcelona © Provided by Daily Mail The Spanish club would use money from the deal to then sign Memphis Depay from Lyon The Spanish side then plan to use the funds from the transfer to then launch a fresh pursuit of former United flop Memphis Depay.
Lyon are hoping to come to an agreement over the sale of Houssem Aouar to Arsenal in the final few days of the transfer window, too.
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