Memphis Depay could leave Barcelona in January

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As previously evident, Xavi has expressed his views on the current crop of players he has at his disposal. When inquired about his stance on not getting new additions to the squad, the coach seemed quite satisfied with the continuity of the current squad members.

Although, a departure might be on the cards for the Dutch forward Memphis Depay as per the recent reports from SPORT, who seemingly garnering interest from the Premier League clubs before the opening of the winter transfer window.

Currently at the bottom of the pecking order for La Blaugrana after being their most pivotal player in the first half of last season, the desire for game time is understandable and evident. A player of his caliber is not meant to be staying on the bench, and given the prominence of Lewandowski, him mustering sufficient minutes would be a hard nut to crack.

Once on the verge of completing a transfer to Juventus, the star forward had to suffice with another season of stay at Camp Nou. Initially arriving on the demand of the former Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, Depay shot to prominence and showed how decisive he can be in the initial half of the season.

The unfortunate injuries meant that it all went downhill pretty soon, and with the implication of a new system with the arrival of a new manager meant that his profile became redundant as Xavi uses traditional wide wingers with a Classic number 9 in between. There is also no place for a dedicated number 10, one of the few positions which the ex-Lyon player could play in well.

Being only 28 years old, the Dutchman has substantial time left in top-flight football, and a move might materialize if an appreciable offer arrives for him. The major links as of now are from Premier League clubs, and one of the most probable destinations for him is Manchester United. Memphis has already played for the red devils early on in his career when he moved from PSV Eindhoven to Old Trafford for €34 million when Louis Van Gaal was at the helm.

However, the move did not pan out well, and he had to move to Ligue 1 in 2017 to rediscover his prominence. The player is keen on a move to Manchester United if he has to leave the Catalan giants. Another possible destination could be Inter Milan, who also have a meeting scheduled with his entourage. The key factor however is, that the board will not hand him a letter of freedom this time around, and would like to cash in on his transfer, despite his contract ending next season.


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