Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Memphis Depay will not leave Barcelona in this transfer window. In spite of rumours linking the player to Chelsea, the conversations between parties never made it to an advanced stage with the player continuing to ply his craft in La Liga.
Memphis Depay Stays Amidst Chelsea Transfer Interest
🚨 Barcelona message is clear: they do NOT expect Memphis Depay or Miralem Pjanić to leave in the next hour. #DeadlineDay
Depay will not join Chelsea. Never been close. pic.twitter.com/lKEq0b04i9
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
What Does Memphis Depay Have to Say?
In an official statement, Memphis Depay said: “I have decided to stay at Barça! I’m fully committed to contribute to the club’s sporting success”.
This is a decision that the player made after considering a move to other clubs, including potentially Chelsea. A move to the Blues at this stage of the window would be difficult to pull off, with very little time left to spare.
Do Barcelona Need Memphis Depay?
Barca have a potentially difficult relationship with the Dutchman for the rest of the season. The Catalan club is stacked with incredible talents throughout, as Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati are all also competing for positions in the club’s front line.
Memphis Depay could potentially anticipate a position as a rotation player. It’s easy to forget he still has a lot of quality, can score plenty of goals and create all the chances Ballon D’Or nominee Lewandowski could ever want. In the event of injuries, the attacker could be one of the first names replacing the wounded on the team sheet.
Do Barcelona Have Any Business Left to Do?
After retaining Memphis Depay after the Chelsea transfer interest, Barcelona have little to no business left to do. They have done an incredible job of adding to the club, with options including Jules Kounde at the back and Raphinha and Lewandowski in attack. The squad is in incredible shape for the next season, but there is a risk that Barca have financially flown too close to the sun.