Barcelona’s Memphis Depay edging closer to Juventus move ahead of LaLiga opener at the Nou Camp


Juventus are edging closer to the capture of Barcelona forward Memphis Depay as the Catalan giants continue their mad rush of attempting to register their summer signings ahead of the new campaign.

The Spanish club are processing the exit for the 28-year-old, with the Dutch international expected to hold talks with Massimo Allegri’s side.

Barcelona are currently unable to register their five new signings – Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen, with LaLiga insisting the club must raise around £85million before Saturday’s league opener to register these additions.

Such is the dire financial situation at the Nou Camp that Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto, who both signed new deals this summer, are also unable to be registered despite playing for Xavi’s side last season.

Depay only joined the Catalan side last year after leaving Lyon and netted 13 times in 38 games across the campaign.

He is expected to join the Italian club for a reportedly low fee, allowing Barcelona to remove his £230,000 salary from their wage bill, and the two clubs are hopeful of completing the deal by the end of the week.

Depay will hope to secure regular gametime ahead of the World Cup this winter, where he will be a key man for Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands team, while Barcelona are keen to raise money in any way they can.

The financial problems for the Spanish side have been well publicised with the club £1.14billion in debt but this has not stopped them being Europe’s biggest spenders this summer.

Lewandowski joined for £42m, Raphinha signed for £55m and Kounde for £46m, while Kessie and Christensen both arrived as free agents.

President Joan Laporta has been raising new funds by activating financial levers, which has led to them being nicknamed FC Palanca, or Financial Levers FC, in the local media.

This includes selling future TV rights and a quarter of their in-house TV company, Barca Studios, but this has been described as Barcelona ‘mortgaging their future’ and they now face the prospect of leaving their new signings in the stands this weekend.

Christensen and Kessie also reportedly have a clause in their contract meaning that they will be able to leave for free if they’re not registered before Saturday’s opener against Rayo Vallecano, according to ESPN.

Barcelona also bizarrely threatened legal action against midfielder Frenkie de Jong as they continue to try and offload the Dutch midfielder, with disputes over unpaid wages.

The club want De Jong to revert back to his original deal signed in 2019 after they claimed alleged criminality with the new deal he signed in 2020, which was overseen by former president Josep Bartomeu, as it includes deferred payments.

Xavi’s side will be desperate to complete exits for De Jong, who is reportedly close to joining Chelsea and Depay before the weekend.

Otherwise, they may have just under £145m worth of talent sitting in the stands at the Nou Camp on Saturday evening.


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