Memphis Depay will join Barcelona under one condition. This condition is that Ronald Koeman remains coach of the Spanish team. The days of the Lyon striker are limited in his team. Negotiations with Barcelona have been going on for several months now. The contract of the OL striker ends in June 2022.
Memphis Depay had been transferred from Manchester United in 2021 for €16 million. Since that transfer, the Dutchman has flourished at Olympique Lyonnais. He is now one of the key players on his team. Good performances have been observed this season, especially in the Champions League and Ligue 1.
Last summer Barcelona had tried to bring Memphis Depay to Camp Nou during the summer Mercato. However, the Spanish club’s finances could not afford a purchase like Memphis Depay. Today, Depay is ready to review his salary conditions downwards if his condition is respected. The Dutchman agrees to be trained only under the orders of Ronald Koeman.
This season will not have been very rich in victory for Barcelona but Memphis Depay has managed to stand out. This term, he has 19 goals and 10 assists in the league, making him one of only nine players from Europe’s top five leagues to hit double figures in both categories.
A risky condition for Memphis Depay: The availability of Koeman at Barcelona
The future of the two Dutchmen is therefore closely linked. However, the future of the coach at Barcelona remains uncertain. The new president of Barca may consider doing without Koeman for next season. In this case, the negotiations with Memphis Depay would start again from the beginning and Barca would lose its chances to win the striker. In addition, Memphis has many other transfer opportunities, especially in the Premier League clubs.
The long-awaited meeting has taken place. Barca president Joan Laporta and coach Ronald Koeman had a long meeting in a restaurant in Catalan city on Thursday. It is not clear whether it will lead to concrete actions.
“I signed for two years, I see myself as a coach of Barcelona next season “– Ronald Koeman, coach at FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has recently been in contact with Hans-Dieter Flick. The coach has made his leaving from Bayern Munich official. The German is one of the President’s main objectives, Joan Laporta, to succeed Ronald Koeman.
Until now, rumors said that the potential successor of Kerman would be Xavi, the coach of Al-Sadd. However, he officially denied this idea a few days ago. He also made official the extension of his contract for two years.
“I have a two-year contract with Al-Sadd and I respect it, as I respect the traditional methods of negotiation with all sides.” – Xavi, Coach of Al-Sadd.
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