Koeman gets his man, as Barcelona agree €30m transfer for Man Utd flop

Date published: Tuesday 15th September 2020 9:42 - Matthew Briggs

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Barcelona have agreed a transfer for Memphis Depay and could unveil the former Manchester United man this week, claims a reliable source.

Dutch paper De Telegraaf reports that Barca have had an offer of €25m plus €5m in add-ons accepted by Ligue 1 side Lyon.

The outlet claim: “Memphis is going to play next to Messi.”

While it’s claimed the Dutch international could be unveiled this week and will become new manager Ronald Koeman’s first signing.

It’s understood that Koeman specifically asked for Memphis, 26, to be recruited after working with him for the national side.

Koeman is looking for a successor for Luis Suarez with the Uruguayan looking likely to leave for Juventus.

There has been a hold in the deal though with reports suggesting he won’t move unless Barca pay the final year of his contract at the Camp Nou.

Memphis is believed to be very excited about the opportunity to join compatriot Frenkie de Jong and playing for Koeman in LaLiga.

The attacker joined current club Lyon from United back in 2017 after a tough 18 months at Old Trafford.



United interest?

He failed to impress both Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho before eventually being sold on for just over £14m.

But since the forward’s arrival in France he has had a new lease of life. He even helped Lyon reach last season’s Champions League semis.

However, his future has been thrown into doubt after Lyon failed to qualify for Europe’s top cup competition this term.

Arsenal have been linked with the player, while reports have claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was considering Memphis as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.

France Football, reported a surprise approach from PSG with sporting director Leonardo making contact with Lyon officials over a potential deal.

The French giants do look likely to cash in on the player, whose deal expires next summer, but it’s Barca who appear to gave won the race with PSG.

Depay hinted that he had bigger ambitions earlier this month when speaking to Dutch football site NOS.

“I never said I want to leave and I feel good about myself but also have my dreams. I have always expressed that too.”

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