La Liga giants Barcelona let Luis Suarez leave the club in the summer transfer window but also earned 6 million euros on his transfer to Atletico Madrid. The 33-year-old is a legend for Barcelona who has contributed a lot to the club’s success in the past 6 years. He left the club as the third-highest goalscorer for the Catalan outfit and has already settled at his new destination.
Suarez’s replacement yet to be determined
Suarez netted a brace on his debut and looks steady at the Rojiblancos. On the other hand, BarcA has failed to find a replacement for the departed forward.
Ronald Koeman wished to sign Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon but could not complete the transfer even though both the clubs reached an agreement over the fees. La Liga did not allow the move to go through on the basis of the salary caps violation by Barcelona. Koeman was disappointed with the deal-breaking down which is reasonable citing the response from the start of La Liga. The Dutch gaffer did say they can play without a proper striker after the first few matches but the statement is coming to haunt him.
Milan or Barcelona: which will be a new home for Memphis Depay next season
Barcelona currently sits 8th in the league table having gathered only 11 points from 7 games which are not expected compared to the high standards of the club. The recent changes in Barcelona including the president Josep Maria Bartomeu has affected the club a lot. Temporary president Tesquets has asked for a salary-cut for players with immediate effect which will allow Koeman to receive some funds to spend in the January transfer break. Barcelona may go for Memphis Depay yet again as they have reached a verbal agreement with the striker, as per Mundo Deportivo.
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However, Serie A league toppers AC Milan have contacted the Ligue 1 star to succeed Zlatan Ibrahimovic at San Siro. It will be a tough decision to make for the Dutch attacker but he has expressed his wish to join the Catalan side once during the summer transfer speculation. In a recent interview, Depay admitted that he may not end up staying at Lyon for next season which confirms the interest of the two clubs. Barcelona has a higher priority as they are willing to pay the first salary to the player upon agreeing to join next year. Depay has to choose what his destination would be as both the offers are lucrative.