According to the Spanish press, the two teams Barcelona and Lyon have reached agreement on the transfer fee of winger Memphis Depay. This is news of whether to be happy or sad with the old MU team. A series of […]
According to the Spanish press, the two teams Barcelona and Lyon have reached agreement on the transfer fee of winger Memphis Depay. This is news of whether to be happy or sad with the old MU team.
A series of major newspapers in Spain, from Marca to Mundo Deportivo, reported that Barcelona had reached an agreement with Lyon in recruiting Memphis Depay for 30 million euros. The French team will receive a small amount of money depending on the 26-year-old star’s contributions to the Catalunya team.
The contract of Depay with Lyon will expire in the summer of 2021. The Dutch star refuses to sign a new contract to leave. The winger wants to visit Barca to continue working with coach Koeman – the previous Dutch coach, and he has approved the terms with the Nou Camp team.
For MU, this can be both happy and sad news. Glad that when Memphis Depay joined Barca, the Old Trafford team also had money under the terms. But also a worry, because Depay is one of the backup plans that “Red Devils” can aim for if it is impossible to recruit Jadon Sancho.
In the summer of 2015, Memphis Depay was brought to MU by coach Louis van Gaal with 28 million euros. But after Van Gaal was sacked and Jose Mourinho took over, in early 2017, Depay left MU because he was not compatible with the Portuguese military’s tactical system.
In Lyon’s journey to the 2019/20 Champions League semi-finals, Memphis Depay is one of the biggest contributors. He scored 6 goals, including an important goal against Juventus, causing the Turin team to stop from the eighth round.
With Memphis Depay, MU from beginning to end kept quiet. But according to the Manchester Evening News, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed to be at a crossroads when deciding whether to bring Depay back to Old Trafford or not.
MU is still stuck in the process of recruiting Jadon Sancho – the contract can cost up to 110 million euros. Meanwhile, Depay came to Barca with only 30 million euros. If MU buys Depay, the transfer fee may be cheaper than that. And clearly Depay is a perfect backup once the “Red Devils” fail in the Sancho case.
In fact, between Jadon Sancho and Memphis Depay, the second deal could be lower risk in both professional and financial aspects. At the age of 26, Depay entered the maturity of his career. Meanwhile, Sancho is only 20 and has a few emerging seasons with Dortmund only.
He is gradually proving that he is the perfect version of Mohamed Salah. Playing as a wing striker, both of these players possess both speed, technique, ability to create mutations and improved finishing skills.
Most of all, Depay is no longer an impulsive, sassy boy like when he was in MU. He is improving both professionally and personality. At both Lyon and the Netherlands, Depay is repeatedly wearing the captain’s armband. When kicking the net Juventus right in Turin, Depay was the leader of the “Rhone River Lion”.
But now, that quality backup plan is no longer available to MU. It forced the Manchester people into a situation of full force in negotiations with Dortmund. This is clearly a risky and costly deal for “Red Devils”. And a little bit of money from the Lyon sale of Depay to Barca is probably not worth it.