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Barcelona manager Ronaldo Koeman eager to add Dutch star to squad: Reports




Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman desperately wanted to bring Memphis Depay at Camp Nou last summer before the move failed; but the Dutchman retained an interest in his countryman.

According to reports, Koeman has now contacted Depay’s team to inquire about Depay’s availability over the summer. The Barcelona the manager reportedly also asked the Dutchman to refrain from negotiating with any other club in the meantime. The Barcelona manager assured Depay that if he stayed at Camp Nou, he would do his best to reach a contract for the player.

A former Manchester United winger has also joined Lyon in January 2017 and enjoyed a renaissance with the Ligue 1 giants. In 168 appearances, Depay found the back of the net 69 times. This season he scored 15 goals in 30 games and was one of the most productive players in Europe. Barcelona followed the player vigilantly, and Koeman believed Depay could be perfect for his team.

The former Dutch boss gained a first-hand view of the Dutch winger during their time along with the national team.

Koeman was impressed with what he saw and was eager to meet Depay again in Barcelona after taking office last summer. The player’s heart was set for the transfer to the Camp Nou, but the agreement failed to materialize. However, Blaugrana is still interested in his services, especially with the changing situation of Depay in the Lyon contract.

Depay is now in Lyon for the last six months of his contract. If he does not sign an extension, the Dutchman will be a free agent for the summer. That would definitely suit Barcelona, ​​whose financial constraints could force them to operate with a limited budget in the upcoming transition period.

The new president of Barcelona could have the final word on the transfer of Depay

Memphis Depay
Memphis Depay

Barcelona is already looking forward to next season. New president Joan Laporta has been given the task of helping the club return to its best dominant positions.

While Depay could be among the players joining the Blaugrana, nothing is certain yet. Despite Koeman’s interest in the player, the final decision on the matter will be made by Laporta.

The Blaugrana are still on the hunt for the La Liga title this season.

Barcelona are currently four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Koeman will be well aware that receiving the coveted trophy would help him secure Depay’s services in the summer.

Posted March 19, 2021, 12:05 AM IST