Memphis Depay closing move to Italian Giants

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Memphis Depay is close to agreeing to a move to Italian giants Juventus ahead of the 2022-2023 season. Negotiations over personal terms have been smooth. Juventus has offered Depay a two-year contract, with a 5 million euros annual salary plus another 1.5 million euros in bonuses. The player is keen to secure his move to Juventus.

However, a suitable agreement with Barcelona is yet to be achieved. Memphis wants Barcelona to terminate his contract and let him leave for free. Juventus are also unwilling to pay any transfer fee. On the other hand, Barcelona is a bit skeptical about letting Depay leave for free. Depay signed for Barcelona last season for free from Lyon. Former manager Ronald Koeman exclusively requested the player. Over the season, the player managed 13 goals in all competitions. He was also Barcelona’s highest scorer.

Memphis reason to look for a move away.

After Xavi’s takeover, he lost his spot in the starting eleven. Injuries followed, and game time became scarce. In the summer transfer window, Barcelona has managed to sign two forwards in Lewandowski and Rapinha and also managed to renew the contract of Dembele. Along with Ferran and Fati returning from injury, the Blaugrana this season has a lot of options for the offensive trio. This caused even more concern over his game time. The player finally decided to leave the club to be a secured starter even though Xavi would have liked to keep the player.

Barcelona would now lose two of their forward options in Aubamenyang and Depay. Aubamenyang is also close to agreeing to personal terms with Chelsea.

In the end, Depay was an essential part of the club last season as he was the most dependable goal-scorer for most of the season. It would be interesting to see if Barca would let him leave for free or ask for a minimal fee from Juventus. According to Mundo Deportivo, Juventus are growing restless with the Depay deal, as they want to incorporate the player into the squad as soon as possible.

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