Two Premier League sides have tabled bids to sign Memphis Depay, with a separate report stressing the Dutchman is of particular interest to Man Utd.
Depay, 28, is likely to become a casualty of Barcelona’s spending in the final third. Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski have both arrived, while Ousmane Dembele has penned a new, two-year contract.
In a forward line that also contains Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati, Depay is the odd man out despite doing very little wrong in Spain.
The Dutchman only has one year left to run on his current contract. As such, Barca are determined to cash in now to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.
The Daily Express state Barcelona’s asking price is £17m and report two bids from unnamed Premier League sides have been tabled. Both reportedly fell below Barca’s valuation and as such, were rejected.
Regarding who the offers may have come from, Manchester United are one distinct possibility.
Trusted Spanish journalist, Gerard Romero, recently revealed on Twitch Depay returning to Old Trafford has ‘always been of interest’ to the Red Devils. The forward played for United between 2015-17, though did not show his best while there.
Elsewhere, Sport report Tottenham had contacted Barcelona over a potential move. However, the player himself is deemed to have snubbed a move to north London.
Tottenham rejection explained
His reasoning stemmed from wanting to win major titles right here and now. While Spurs are undoubtedly going in the right direction under Antonio Conte, few expect them to overhaul Man City or Liverpool any time soon.
Depay also wants a team that can offer Champions League football. Tottenham would’ve ticked that box, though Man Utd can’t.
The third English side in the equation is Newcastle.
Sport report the Magpies are more than willing to pay the full £17m valuation, though they’ll clearly struggle to satisfy Depay’s demand for UCL football and major honours.
As such, Depay is reportedly content to wait a little while longer and see what other options emerge. If suitable alternatives don’t materialise, the Premier League path may wind up being the one he takes later in the window.
Depay a fine option – if he can be convinced
Depay would walk straight into the Newcastle startling eleven if signed. He would arguably become their most high-profile addition in the Saudi era too.
Regarding Man Utd, the interest may stem from the continued uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whether the Portuguese icon will be at Old Trafford when the window slams shut isn’t yet clear. If he does remain, doubts persist as to his suitability in an Erik ten Hag system.
Depay would add depth to a team that has lost Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to free agency.
He is also versatile and could be deployed on either wing or as a false nine.
The fact Barcelona want to sever ties is more a reflection of their financial state and other acquisitions. Depay remains a fine forward and his 12 league goals in 28 appearances last season prove he has plenty left to give.