After almost four years of loyal service, Memphis Depay (27) has a good chance of leaving Olympique Lyonnais. Free from any contract at the end of the season, the Dutch international (59 caps, 21 goals) thought to pack up last summer when Ronald Koeman’s FC Barcelona knocked on his door. Unfortunately for him, the lead finances of the Catalan club prevented him from rallying the ciudad Condal. For his part, Jean-Michel Aulas, perfectly aware that it will be almost impossible for him to extend his player, continues to keep hope.
“It’s the end of an adventure for this year, he’s a very talented, world-class player. I always wanted him to stay, but our proposals were not accepted. Each time he was allowed to express his ambitions, his values. We helped him to go to Barcelona, but it was not economically possible. Until the end, it is believed that he will renew for next season. For now, it is not possible, but why not? “, he recently declared to Progress.
Depay will have the choice
But even if OL manage to qualify in the Champions League, or even win the title of champion of France, not sure that Depay is tempted at the idea of extending his contract. Because the Mirror reveals that the Batave has four luxury tracks to bounce back. The first is obviously Barça. However, it remains to be seen whether Depay will be in the plans of the future president who will be elected on March 7. The second option leads to Liverpool. The Reds need additional offensive reinforcements and the opportunity to recruit an experienced player who has already played in the Premier League without paying transfer fees is drawing attention.
The third track would be… a return to Manchester United! Left in 2017, the Dutchman (14 goals in 26 Ligue 1 matches this season) would compete with Anthony Martial, especially if Edinson Cavani’s lease is not extended (which is not necessarily the trend). Finally, the fourth and last option would be to go to Juventus. Always on the lookout for renowned recruits available at low cost (Ramsey, Rabiot, Pogba, Pirlo, Khedira, Daniel Alves to name a few), the Old Lady is looking for offensive ammunition capable of supporting Cristiano Ronaldo, if Alvaro Morata (on loan from Atlético de Madrid) is not retained.