New Chelsea boss Graham Potter is expected to get the deciding vote on whether the club pursue a move for Memphis Depay in January.
Potter has overseen just once Chelsea game to date – the draw with Red Bull Salzburg. And he now has an extended spell to work with and analyse his new squad. In fact the Blues will play just once between September 7 and October 1.
It’s an unprecedented period of time to work with his squad, although he will miss his international contingent. But he will still have time to to look closely at his squad and he may well feel like he is light in attack.
Timo Werner left the club, while Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi went out on loan. Axed boss Thomas Tuchel did bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyamg and Armando Broja is back at Cobham after his loan spell at Southampton.
Still, Potter may well be open to adding another option in January and Memphis is most definitely an option.
The former Man Utd striker was linked with the Blues over the summer. Fabrizio Romano claimed there was contact between Chelsea and Memphis, but Todd Boehly and Tuchel focused their attention on Aubameyang.
Romano though insists Memphis’ future remains open after he decided to stay put in the summer. The Netherlands forward did have the option to terminate his contract at the Camp Nou.
Speaking to ESPN while on international duty, Memphis said: “Other clubs came and then you just look at your options. I decided to fight for my chance here.
Memphis enjoying Barcelona time
“I was the top scorer of Barca with Aubameyang. I love competition and I don’t walk away from it. I enjoy being at Barca.”
A lucrative offer for the 28-year-old in the next window could see the forward move on.
“It ended up being a bit of a crazy summer for Memphis Depay, but he’s ended up staying at Barcelona despite the club being prepared to terminate his contract,” Romano told Caughtoffside.
“So, what next? I think the Depay situation is still open in the months ahead. He’s a great professional and that’s why Xavi is playing him, but for January it will depend on the proposals for Memphis.
“At the moment, everything is quiet and nothing will be decided before the World Cup.”
Memphis is under contract until June 2023, but Barca are understood to be willing to allow him to walk away for free.