NEW Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is targeting Memphis Depay to replace Luis Suarez in a £36million deal.
The LaLiga giants are set for an almighty overhaul this summer with more than a dozen players tipped to be sold.
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is targeting Memphis Depay for a summer move
Barcelona have urged Luis Suarez to leave the club this summer, with Ajax interested
And Koeman is keen to bring Depay – with whom he worked with while Holland boss – in to replace Ajax-bound Suarez, according to Spanish radio station Rac1.
Depay, 26, endured an horrendous spell at Manchester United between 2015 and 2017, scoring just twice in 33 Premier League games.
However, since moving to Lyon, he has gone on to become one of the most-fearsome wingers in Europe.
A host of top clubs are chasing his signature – with Lyon sporting director Juninho Pernambucano admitting he may have to sell his top stars, including Depay, Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele.
Depay has scored 43 times in just 102 games on the wing at Lyon.
And Koeman sees the Dutch talent as the perfect player to lead a new-look Barcelona attack – with the futures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann unclear.
Former Liverpool star Suarez has made it clear he wants to stay at Barcelona beyond this summer.
However, the Uruguayan striker was NOT named in Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s “untouchables” list.
And on Thursday, club chiefs urged him to sign for Ajax it is claimed, following a £13.5m bid from the Dutch giants – for whom Suarez used to play, between 2007 and 2011.
Suarez has just one year left on his current contract and at 33 years old, is not seen as one for the future and is not in keeping with Koeman’s plan.
By: Dave Fraser
Title: Man Utd flop Memphis Depay wanted by Barcelona boss Koeman in £36m transfer to replace Luis Suarez
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12461170/man-utd-transfer-depay-barcelona-lyon-suarez/
Published Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2020 08:29:46 +0000