According to coach Ronald Koeman, Barca will try to sign a striker Memphis Depay in January 2021.
“I want Depay. I’ll try to get him here in January,” Koeman said in Algemeen Dagblad. However, I cannot predict the financial situation of the club in January. We will have to wait” .
As soon as he took power this summer, coach Koeman asked Barca to buy Depay. They worked with Lyon, and were accepted a $ 30 million upfront plan and a $ six million deferred payment at the end of the 2020-2021 season. However, due to financial difficulties during the Covid-19 era, the Camp Nou team could not complete the deal.
Barca remains one of the highest-paying teams in the world. Therefore, when revenue declines, they must calculate to ensure financial security. During the transfer window last summer, Barca’s leaders tried to push many players – including the deal with Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, but that was not enough. “Finally, the transfer failed. Unfortunately, but Depay also understands how difficult the situation is,” Koeman explained.
Depay is the Dutch top scorer for the 2014-2015 season, wearing PSV Eindhoven. Also in 2015, he was awarded “Best Young Player” by France Football magazine. He joined Man Utd that summer for $ 42 million. However, the star born in 1994 did not perform as expected, scoring only seven goals in 53 games. Moving to Lyon from January 2017, Depay became a pillar. He moved in as a plug striker, scoring 57 goals in 140 games for the French club.
The future of Lionel Messi is also one of the other issues of concern at Barca. After failing to cancel the contract, the captain accepted to stay until the expiration in the summer of 2021. There are many sources saying that Messi is only waiting for the opportunity to go to Man City, but some comments are expected. guess he can extend when Barca elects a new president. HLB Koeman predicted: “In my mind, I always think that Messi will stay. If he leaves, it opens up a completely different situation.”
In the first four matches of La Liga 2020-2021, Barca won two, drew one and lost one. This weekend, they will face a great challenge when they host Real Madrid.