Update On Barcelona’s Pursuit Of This Ligue 1 Forward: Why Barca Need To Get This Deal Done

Update on Barcelona's pursuit of Depay who is seen in the picture
ISTANBUL - Memphis Depay of Holland during the World Cup qualifying match between Turkey and the Netherlands at Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium on March 24, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. ANP MAURICE VAN STEEN FIFA World Cup, WM, Weltmeisterschaft, Fussball 2021 Qualifier 2020/2021 xVIxANPxSportx/xxANPxIVx *** ISTANBUL Memphis Depay of Holland during the World Cup qualifying match between Turkey and the Netherlands at Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium on March 24, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey ANP MAURICE VAN STEEN FIFA World Cup 2021 Qualifier 2020 2021 xVIxANPxSportx xxANPxIVx 429523535

In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano has offered an update on Barcelona‘s pursuit of Olympique Lyonnais forward Memphis Depay who is set to become a free agent at the end of this month. It is understood that the Catalans are still in talks with the Dutch attacker and want to offer him a contract that will keep him at the Nou Camp until 2023 or 2024.

Depay’s Impressive Record At The Groupama Stadium This Season

Depay has experienced another productive season in French football as he gave a good account of himself as a key member of Lyon’s attack. The Moordrecht-born sensation has been involved in 40 matches for the French club this term, finding the back of the net on 22 occasions and securing 12 assists in multiple competitions.

The Dutch talent has been a consistent performer in the final third after he averaged 3.0 shots, 2.5 key passes and 2.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the recently concluded Ligue 1 campaign. He was a tidy distributor of the ball as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 76.1% in the French first division (stats via whoscored).

The 27-year-old has played some of the best football of his career over the past 18 months. Hence, he has all the skillset to become a success story at a club like Barcelona, especially if the Catalans can manage to retain Lionel Messi’s services beyond this summer.

Update on Barcelona's pursuit of Depay who is seen in the photo
ISTANBUL – Memphis Depay of Holland during the World Cup qualifying match between Turkey and the Netherlands at Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium on March 24, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. ANP MAURICE VAN STEEN FIFA World Cup, WM, Weltmeisterschaft, Fussball 2021 Qualifier 2020/2021 xVIxANPxSportx/xxANPxIVx *** ISTANBUL Memphis Depay of Holland during the World Cup qualifying match between Turkey and the Netherlands at Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium on March 24, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey ANP MAURICE VAN STEEN FIFA World Cup 2021 Qualifier 2020 2021 xVIxANPxSportx xxANPxIVx 429525472

Why The Catalans Need To Find A Way To Get A Deal Done For Depay

Depay can use his quickness and agility to get into some dangerous positions in and around the opposition penalty box. He has got a knack for finding space for himself and is usually a calm finisher in front of the opponent’s goal.

The Dutch sensation can strike the ball purely and with a lot of power which makes him a potent threat from long range. Plus, he can be a hard man to dispossess as he has got the strength to ride the challenges from the opposition defenders and cause all sorts of problems for them in the attacking end of the field.

Barca would be wise to add an accomplished goal-getter like Depay to their attacking department in this off-season. He will undeniably ease some of the Catalan club’s recent goal-scoring concerns and could prove to be a great, value of money option for them this summer as he will be out of contract at the end of this month. Therefore, the Barca chiefs should try everything they can to convince Depay to make a switch to the Nou Camp before the start of the new season.

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