Memphis Depay furious with Barcelona over failed deadline day transfer


Memphis Depay was desperate to join Barcelon (Photo by Romain Biard/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Lyon forward Memphis Depay is angry with Barcelona after his deadline day move to the Camp Nou fell through.

The Dutchman agreed personal terms with the Spanish giants in late August and he hoped to seal a move to the club far earlier in the transfer window.

However, Barcelona have been heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic and their move for Depay was dependent upon raising funds through player sales.

The club had hoped to sell Ousmane Dembele to Manchester United for a fee of around £55m, which would have paved the way for Depay to get his dream move. However, United preferred a simple one-year loan deal and the club failed to find the funds elsewhere to sign Depay.

Ronald Koeman had maintained to Depay throughout the window that the move would materialise and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits the forward is furious that the move fell through.

Koeman assured Depay he would get his move (Picture: Getty)

‘Since the beginning I have been clear with Memphis,’ said Aulas.

‘I spoke with President Bartomeu at Barcelona twice, he told me he couldn’t see how things could happen. I know that Koeman made him continue to hope and that Memphis was ready to make sacrifices. Today, he is disappointed, but not towards Lyon, more towards Barcelona.

‘He is going to do everything he can to find himself in a position where he moves there in January. It is not up to me to make that decision, it is Juninho, in the same way that he has taken full responsibility for transfer situations with Vincent Ponsot.

‘Rudi Garcia, he, fought with everything he had for Memphis to stay. I have not abandoned the idea of extending his contract (Depay’s), but as he has always said no, it looks difficult to do’

Depay has less than a year to run on his existing contract at Lyon and he can technically sign a pre-contract agreement with Barcelona on January 1st.

The former Manchester United winger has made it clear to Lyon that he does not want to extend his deal and the French club will therefore look to cash in on him in the January transfer window, rather than allow him to leave on a free at the end of the season.

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