Memphis Depay will not be able to move to Barcelona from Olympique Lyonnais unless the Spanish club are able to raise funds through player sales.
The Catalan outfit are under serious financial strain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and would have to sell players before bringing in any new recruits.
Memphis Depay Move in Doubt As Barcelona Face Financial Difficulties
Outgoings Needed Before Arrivals
The Blaugrana, like many teams, are strapped for cash as a result of the pandemic. With football having been played behind closed doors since March, clubs are losing millions in match-day revenue as supporters remain absent from stadiums.
Depay, whose move to Barcelona fell through last summer, was diplomatic when asked about whether he would remain at Lyon beyond this season. Per Marca, he stated: “You ask me this question a lot.
“I’m not going to make promises that I’m not sure I can keep. I think Lyon need to make the most of me being here now and I need to make the most of being here. That’s what I try to do every day. You can ask those who are around me. I like to work and I try to be positive every day.”
Slow Start to the Season for Barcelona
Following the news that their young starlet Ansu Fati will be out for four months with a knee injury, Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman will not be best pleased.
Barcelona have made a poor start to the season, winning only three of their first seven games. They are currently in eighth place in La Liga, nine points adrift of current table-toppers Real Sociedad.
With Fati sidelined for a significant period of time, the capture of Depay would provide Koeman with some much-needed firepower in attack.
However, Depay’s options remain open. If he does not decide to sign a new contract at Lyon, then he will be free to leave the French club as a free agent in the summer.