Lyon desperate to offload Memphis Depay with bargain fee touted

Date published: Tuesday 29th September 2020 11:06 - Matthew Briggs

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Lyon’s priority in the transfer window is to sell Dutch attacker Memphis Depay and the fee could reportedly be as low as €12.5m.

The 26-year-old forward has just 12 months left on his deal with the Ligue 1 side and he has been touted for a move to Barcelona.

Ronald Koeman is keen to bring his compatriot to the Camp Nou, but financial implications of the Covid-19 pandemic mean that Barca are likely to start the new LaLiga season with no new additions.

However, Koeman admitted earlier this month that Barcelona cannot not fund the deal.

He told Fox Sports Netherlands: “For Depay to arrive, you must first sell.”

Barca have since offloaded Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, but the Catalan club only received £5.5m for the 33-year-old striker.

L’Équipe via GFFN report that there have been no bids whatsoever for Memphis, who is understood to be keen on a move to Barcelona.

What’s more Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is not sure Barcelona will make an offer.

Aulas told Canal Plus: “No, I spoke with President Bartomeu twice on the phone. who I know well. Barto is a friend, who said to me that they absolutely don’t have the funds to…”

 

 

Aulas is believed to have placed a €25m price tag on Memphis, but L’Equipe claim Lyon would consider bids around the €12.5m mark.

That is because the former Man Utd man is the club’s highest earner and his value is slipping away as the close of the window approaches.

Memphis’ Man Utd link

Reports last month claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was considering Memphis as an alternative to Jadon Sancho. Borussia Dortmund’s refusal to lower their €120m asking price means a deal looks tricky for United.

Depay himself appears open to a move away and admits a lack of Champions League football at Lyon could force his hand.

He said: “I do not see the future, I do not know if I will do the full season here. I have been here for four years, I became captain.

“After you have to look at your career, there is no Champions League. At the moment I don’t know.”

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