Olympique Lyon striker Memphis Depay was supposed to leave the club to join Barcelona in the summer transfer window. Even though both the clubs reached an agreement, the signing failed eventually as La Liga’s governing body restricted the move due to the new salary cap. Also, it was a domino effect for Ousmane Dembele’s staying at the club instead of loaning out to Manchester United.
Lack of funds and failure of the deadline day move
Barcelona had to deal with a shortage of funds during the transfer break and so could not pursue every target in their shortlist. Koeman tried to balance the books letting go of the high earners at the Catalan club such as Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, and Ivan Rakitic. The newly-appointed manager picked Depay to replace the Uruguayan veteran as the new number 9. However, things did not go as planned with United backing out of the Ousmane Dembele transfer and lapsed the subsequent signings of Memphis Depay as well as Eric Garcia.
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Barcelona will now have to wait until the winter transfer window so that they can make a new offer for the Dutch International. Depay recently expressed his feelings regarding the transfer breaking down on the deadline day. As per Express, he was looking forward to sealing his move to Camp Nou and feature for the Blaugrana. Nevertheless, he acknowledged his current side Lyon and will show his wholesome devotion to the French club. Depay tends to keep it away from his mind until he completes the transfer sometime soon.
No potential player at Barcelona to replace Luis Suarez
Barcelona is also at loss just like their transfer target with Martin Braithwaite taking over the number 9 shirt of former striker Luis Suarez. Koeman is lacking some options in the attacking half because there is no proper forward excluding Braithwaite. The 29-year-old was signed in the sense of emergency last season with Dembele sidelined until the start of 2019/20.
Currently, club captain Lionel Messi is playing as the out-and-out striker with less creative responsibilities with Coutinho and Pjanic in the midfield. It looks good to take some pressure off their main man who has been performing consistently. Earlier this season, Koeman did utter that Barcelona can play without a forward in the squad. According to the past three matches, Koeman may execute his strategy in a certain way but will demand discipline from his players. He is rebuilding the club to make it great again.