Transfer Talk: Memphis Depay’s move to Barcelona rocked as Spanish side cannot meet the offer

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Memphis Depay’s move to Barcelona rocked as the Spanish side cannot meet the offer

Memphis Depay’s move to Barcelona rocked as the Spanish side cannot meet the offer.

The Spanish side hopes of signing the Lyon winger appear to have drowned after Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed that Barcelona cannot make an offer due to financial constraints brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Spanish giants have been in pursuit of the Lyon winger this summer as they look to bolster their attacking line – with new boss Ronald Koeman hoping to reunite with Depay after coaching him with Holland.

However, Lyon’s president has poured cold water over Barcelona’s £28million move after claiming that Josep Bartomeu called him to say that they can’t make an offer for Depay due to the financial fallout from the coronavirus crisis.

Aulas wrote on Twitter:

‘The president of Barca told me on Sunday that Barca was suffering a lot from the Covid crisis and had no possibility of making an offer.’


Depay has caught the attention of Barcelona thanks to his fine form in recent seasons for Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.

Since joining Lyon, Depay has shown much more maturity and has improved from his days at Old Trafford, scoring 57 goals in 140 appearances.

New manager Ronald Koeman is keen to improve the squad which had a dismal campaign last season, losing the league title to Real Madrid before crushing out of the Champions League, losing 8-2 to eventual winners Bayern Munich.

Barcelona unveiled Miralem Pjanic on Tuesday as he joins in swoop from Juventus.