Report: Club realise they have to lower asking price for Spurs-linked forward 

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Sport have claimed that Barcelona now realise they will have to reduce their asking price for rumoured Tottenham target Memphis Depay if they are to convince the striker to leave the club summer.

Over the last couple of weeks, Spurs have been mooted as a potential destination for Depay (Ekrem Konur), who is thought to be surplus to requirements at Barcelona.

AS reported this week that Xavi Hernandez met with the Netherlands international during Barca’s pre-season tour in the United States and informed him that he would not get any game time during the upcoming campaign if he chooses to stay at the club.

However, The Athletic subsequently claimed the 28-year-old has no intention to leave Camp Nou this summer and prefers to depart as a free agent in 12 months. 

Sport now report that Barca have started to ‘press’ Depay to leave ‘as soon as possible’ and are attempting to ‘force’ the striker out of the club.

It is explained that there is no shortage of interest in the former Manchester United man but the player is demanding a substantial salary if he is to agree to a transfer. 

The Catalan giants are thus said to have realised that they would have to reduce their €20m (£16.8m) asking price for Depay if the striker is to find a club willing to meet his wage demands.

Spurs Web Opinion

Other than PSG, the only clubs who would really be able to meet Depay’s wage demands would be Premier League clubs. However, I cannot see Spurs moving for the 28-year-old after snapping up Richarlison. 

As things stand, I can only see Chelsea and Newcastle being interested in the Barca star, and I am not sure Depay would be open to a move to St James’ Park.

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