FC Barcelona had a pretty rough season. They did not win any title in their previous season as they ended up 2nd in La Liga behind Real Madrid. They even got crushed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. This transfer season was really like a nightmare for the Barcelona fans. The Catalan’s star player Lionel Messi almost left the club this summer. But then, he decided to stay as Barcelona wanted the team persuading him to pay a €700 million release clause. That was impossible for any club based on their post-pandemic financial situation. Messi could have easily hired a lawyer and debated over this topic. But, he did not want his club to suffer and as a sign of loyalty, he decided to stay.
Not only Messi but Luis Suarez’s future at Barcelona is also uncertain. He is being linked with a transfer to the Italian giants Juventus to play with Cristiano Ronaldo. Suarez was not even in a bad form. But, he himself has decided that he wants to leave the club after the 2019/20 season. It is said that Suarez’s transfer will surely take place this summer. As a result, Barcelona will have to find a good replacement for him.
Will Barcelona sign Memphis Depay as Luis Suarez’s replacement?
Barcelona is suffering economically after the pandemic. They do not have much to spend on players this season. Lautaro Martinez was linked on a move to Barcelona but Inter Milan was asking for a whopping €90 million for him. It was just too much to pay for a single player, especially in this season. But, the new coach of Barcelona, Ronald Koeman has already thought of a replacement for Luis Suarez and he is none other than the Ligue 1 superstar Memphis Depay. Memphis Depay plays for the Ligue 1 club, Olympique Lyonnais. He even helped his team to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League last season after beating Manchester City in the quarter-finals.
Memphis Depay will be a great replacement for Luis Suarez even though they have totally different playing styles. Depay can play as a center-forward or a second striker or even in the left-wing. Depay has great footwork and can easily get past defenders. The best part about this transfer will be that Lyon will not ask a huge amount for Depay. The news is not confirmed yet and can also turn out to be a rumor, but that is the best part about the game that nobody knows what talks are going on between the clubs.