FOOTBALL – OL Mercato: Memphis Depay agrees with Barcelona?
OL is slowly slipping away from the title race in Ligue 1 after losing to Paris SG at Groupama Stadium (2-4) in a crucial match in the final sprint for the championship. LOSC and the Parisians are now three points ahead, but Olympique Lyonnais will not give up so quickly. But they will also have to deal with the case of their playmaker Memphis Depay, who is at the end of his contract at the end of the season and is getting closer and closer to Barcelona. A departure in the summer mercato is more than certain.
Memphis Depay, a player “out of the ordinary”?
Will Barcelona pull off a coup by offering Memphis Depay for free? The Dutchman of OL is on the move and Barcelona is on the move since the summer mercato last year. Rudi Garcia, who would like to see his player extend, has sung his praises just recently. “Memphis is an outstanding player, I hope he will still be here next season. His absence can show what a player he is, he is one of the top players on the soccer planet today. He still has things to improve of course, but he needs honesty, confidence, that he is given responsibilities. We are unanimous here to say that he could be a great captain, he has taken the measure of the role”, said the OL coach. Jean-Michel Larquet, on the other hand, is not at all of the opinion of Rudi Garcia. “I do not agree at all with Rudi Garcia when he says that Memphis is a top world player. Not at all. I think it is a good player but there are many of his quality. I think that Martinez of Inter is largely of his level for example and I could name a lot of them. What is serious is that the players on the end are better than Depay while he is not on the end, “said the consultant on RMC.
OL player agrees with Barça?
In any case, OL is about to lose its key player for next season. Indeed, according to Sport, the Catalan club and Memphis Depay have agreed that the Dutchman will join Barça this summer. An agreement in principle for a three-year contract on the side of Catalonia for the 27-year-old player. This is not the only Oranje player that Ronald Koeman is trying to bring back to his nets. Indeed, Barcelona is close to acquiring the services of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, also at the end of his contract. Two arrivals that would swell the Dutch ranks of Barça.