Memphis Depay’s adventure at FC Barcelona turns sour: the Dutchman will arrive in the summer of 2021 and is no longer in the plans of the current coach of the Catalan club, Xavi Hernandez.
Selected for the World Cup with Holland, Memphis Depay has only played 131 minutes of games this season, spread over 3 matches. Injured since October 1 in the thigh, the 28-year-old striker was not favored by Xavi when he was available (3 games played out of a possible 8).
Targeted by Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla FC, Memphis Depay, who hopes to leave this winter, would also be popular in France. According to Exercise daily, OGC Nice would have their eye on the Dutch international with 81 selections (for 42 goals). The former Manchester United striker wants to terminate his contract with Barça amicably, to be free to choose his club in January 2023. Knowing this possibility, Nice through its owner Jim Radcliffe would have started discussions with the Batave clan, in particular promising him a big signing bonus in the event of his arrival at Aiglons.
A return to the Olympics for Depay?
The other French club interested in Memphis Depay is called Olympique Lyonnais. Already spent at 8th in Ligue 1 between 2017 and 2021, the Dutchman left a fond memory there. In five seasons with Les Gones, the striker scored 76 goals in 179 official matches. According to information provided by Todo files, OL believe they have something to play for, despite the club’s difficulties in L1 this season (8th place, Peter Bosz fired) and the absence of the European Cup. Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of the French club, would be in regular contact with the entourage of his former player who could make a sensational return to the club, such as Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso this summer.
Note that the English club Manchester United, where Memphis Depay played from 2015 to 2017, would also be in the match. The Red Devils have reportedly started discussions with the player, who is trained at PSV Eindhoven.