Everton have made an official approach for Memphis Depay in an attempt to reach an agreement with Barcelona, according to the Spanish publication Sport (06 August, pg. 11).
Depay’s future at the Camp Nou has been under question, especially after Robert Lewandowski took the number nine shirt from him recently with club president Joan Laporta claiming that it was the club’s decision for marketing purposes (El Confidencial).
Xavi Hernandez’s team have made Depay available for transfer after they need to part ways with a number of players and free up the wage bill in the process (The Mirror).
Tottenham have also been linked with a move for the Dutch international, with Juventus and Chelsea also being mooted to be potential destinations for the forward.
The 28-year-old is reported to prefer a move to Juventus at this moment, and is even pushing for a scenario where the Catalan club would lower their demands for a transfer fee.
Depay’s lawyers were at Barca’s offices this week to find the right conditions in which he could leave the club.
However, Fabrizio Romano revealed earlier this week that Depay is available on a free transfer this summer, unlike what is said in this report. The forward’s lawyers are in talks with the Blaugrana outfit to make him a free agent, although he would only leave if the right offer from a top club arrives his way.
If that is the case, then the Toffees can pretty much be ruled out as they are not in a place to be considered anywhere near close to being a top club. If the La Liga attacker is actually on the market for free, then we simply cannot afford to miss this opportunity to add to the depth in our forward line.
Following Steven Bergwijn’s exit to Ajax, we lack someone who can back up Son Heung-Min on the left wing. Depay’s best position is similar to Son’s as he too is more suited to be played as a left inside forward rather than an out-and-out centre-forward.
Richarlison can also play as a left-winger, but he would probably be utilised as a second fiddle to Harry Kane. However, one can raise the question of whether Depay would join us with the Qatar World Cup taking place later this year. Regular game time is important for someone like the ex-Olympic Lyon ace, especially when he is a key player for Louis Van Gaal.
Being a squad player in our team may not be the right choice for Depay, so the Blues and Juve are arguably more attractive propositions than us at this moment. Hence, our chances of signing him can be deemed quite low, although it wouldn’t hurt to assess this possibility as the player is said to be open about studying our offer.
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