DEPAY PICKS BARCELONA AHEAD OF LIVERPOOL

Lyon player Memphis Depay is reportedly closing in on a move to Spanish giants Barcelona according to renowned transfer guru Fabrizio Romano. According to the Italian journalist, Depay has told his lawyers to negotiate a deal with Barcelona ahead of other interested clubs like Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Liverpool.

Merseyside giants Liverpool are one of the teams keen to sign the Dutch international on a free transfer this summer but the player has chosen Barcelona as his next destination after Lyon.

Barcelona edged Liverpool in the race to sign Depay due to the desire of the player to feature at the Nou Camp. Depay was linked with a move to the Catalan giants last summer but nothing came out of the links.

The Catalan giants wanted to sign the Dutchman from his French Ligue 1 outfit during the transfer window last summer but they were unable to meet the demands of his club. At that point, Depay had one year left on his contract at Lyon.

Lyon wanted around €30m for the Dutch national team player last summer but Barcelona were unable to raise the cash due to their poor financial situation.The Catalans don’t have to pay any transfer fee to sign the player this summer with his Lyon contract set to expire in a few weeks’ time.

Italian Journalist Romano says that Barcelona will offer Depay a two-year free transfer contract or a three-year free transfer contract.

Depay, 27, joined Lyon from Premier League giants Manchester United in January 2017 in a big money transfer but the French club won’t receive any money for him after he ran down his contract at the club. Lyon paid around £16m to £17m for the former PSV Eindhoven attacker. His transfer included add-ons that could take it to the £22m to £23m mark.

Dutch international Depay has been a key player for Lyon since joining the club from the Red Devils. He was one of the key performers as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.

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