Barcelona forward prepared to leave club for free

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay during the match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca, corresponding to the week 34 of the Liga Santander, played at the Camp Nou Stadium, in Barcelona, on 1st May 2022.

Memphis Depay is reportedly ready to walk away from Barcelona if the Catalan giants terminate his contract amid uncertainties surrounding his future.

According to Helena Condis, Memphis has made peace with the idea of leaving Barcelona in the summer transfer window if they grant him the letter of freedom. But the Catalan giants want to recoup €15 million from the Dutch forward’s sale, which complicates the prospect of selling him.

Memphis Depay would have had lofty ambitions when he completed a dream move to Barcelona in a Bosman move after running down his contract with Lyon. But Barcelona handing him a two-year contract should have been the first indication about the Catalan club’s plans with the 28-year-old.

The Dutch forward endured a topsy turvy ride in his debut season with Barcelona, as he started the campaign superbly before going through a rut during their struggles in the UEFA Champions League. But Depay still managed to end the term as the club’s top scorer, finding the back of the net 13 times in 38 games across all competitions.

However, Xavi Hernandez has little to no plans for the former Manchester United attacker heading into the 2022/23 season. With Barcelona securing the services of Raphinha and renewing terms with Ousmane Dembele, Xavi has more than enough resources in the wide-attacking spots.

In addition, Robert Lewandowski’s arrival from Barcelona has left the Barcelona manager with two top-class strikers. So Depay seems to have no spot in the team as things stand, and he will become a bit-part player if he remains at Camp Nou. So even though he has insisted that he does not want to leave Barcelona, the 28-year-old will have to bite the bullet and call it quits at the Catalan club.

According to Helena Condis, Depay is now ready to leave Barcelona, but he wants the Blaugrana to terminate his contract. But while the Dutch forward is prepared to walk away from Barcelona for free, the Catalan giants want to recoup €15 million from his sale, as they continue to recover from their financial setbacks in recent years.

However, finding a suitor that attracts Depay while being ready to fork out €15 million will be a tall order for Barcelona. 

While Premier League heavyweights Tottenham Hotspur are showing the most interest, the player is uninterested in moving to the north London club. So it will be interesting to see if Barcelona will continue to hold out for €15 million or hand Depay the letter of freedom.

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