Memphis Depay Pushing for Barcelona Exit As Dream Move to Camp Nou Turns Into Nightmare

Memphis Depay Pushing for Barcelona Exit As Dream Move to Camp Nou Turns Into Nightmare

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM
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  • Memphis Depay’s troubled time at Barcelona could be set to come to an unexpected end before the summer transfer window draws to a close
  • The Dutch winger could leave Barçalona on a free transfer even though his deal at Camp Nou is slated to expire in 2023
  • The 28-year-old player would become the eighth most valuable departure in Barcelona history with a market value of €35 million

Memphis Depay is itching to leave Barcelona this summer after spending just one season with the Catalan giants following his move from Lyon last year.

The 28-year-old Dutch winger is one of the highest-earning players at Barcelona due to his high wages and the club hopes to offload him to raise funds to register their new players.

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Memphis Depay wants to leave Barcelona after just one season with the La Liga giants. Photo by Omar Vega
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According to Transfer Markt, Depay’s lawyers are in discussion with the Catalan giants to effectively draw a line under his contract one year prior to its expiration date.

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As a result, the former Manchester United player may become a free agent and sign with another team without paying a transfer fee.

Depay’s time at Barcelona hasn’t exactly gone to plan and the forward only managed to score 13 goals and two assists in 37 appearances across all competitions for the Catalan club.

Barcelona refusing to hand Memphis Depay £16m fee to rip up contract

Meanwhile, Barcelona and Memphis Depay are at a standstill over the Dutch winger’s wish to have his contract with the La Liga club terminated.

According to The Sun, to pay-off Depay’s current contract would reportedly cost Barcelona £16million which the club is unwilling to spend that much on getting rid of him.

The 28-year-old Dutch winger accepts he is being forced out of the La Liga club and wants an immediate exit from the Nou Camp.

Memphis Depay linked with Man Utd return

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Barcelona star Memphis Depay has been linked with a return to Manchester United as he enters into the final year of his contract with the Spanish club.

The Dutchman left the Old Trafford club in 2017 and continues to be linked with a possible return.

Manchester United’s then-manager Jose Mourinho disclosed that there was a fierce competition within the team which prompted him to allow Depay to leave.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..