A lion’s heart. At 27, Memphis Depay is more ready to roar than ever. After four and a half years in Lyon, where he has become a man according to his own words, the native of Moordrecht wanted to join a club at a higher level. And it was at Barça that he chose to continue his career. “FC Barcelona and Memphis Depay have reached an agreement to join the club, once his contract with Olympique Lyonnais has ended. The player will sign a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season ”, announced the Culés on Saturday.
In the process, the Dutch international, linked to Gones until June 30, reacted on his personal Twitter account. “A great childhood dream. Dream big. I’m super excited to join my new club ”. An arrival which makes the happiness of the Catalans to listen to Miki Soria, journalist for Sport contacted by us. “I think the club and the fans know it’s a good signing. They appreciate that he had a good season in Lyon, that he arrived for free and that he accepted a lower salary than that offered by the other teams to come here ”.
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On the side of Madrid, we also see his arrival in a good light, as Sergi Santos, journalist for AS, tells us. “It’s a very important transfer for Barcelona because he has the full confidence of Ronald Koeman, who knows how to get the best out of him. This is a request from the coach, who knows him perfectly. Also, I think because of his style he matches the Barcelona way of playing very well. Finally, Barça needed another striker since Luis Suarez left last year ”. With Sergio Agüero and the versatile Memphis, Barça has therefore found something to suit him.
But for our colleague 24hfootnews (Fichajes), another profile might have been more suitable. “I think it’s a good signing because it costs nothing and it’s very important for Barça, who have almost no money. In addition, he is a player who has complete confidence in Koeman. What I don’t know is if this is the player Barca needed. I think it would have been better to bet on a pure center-forward, a footballer closer to Luis Suárez ”. If the arrival of Memphis is rather well received overall, some small doubts remain about it and its use.
Some small doubts about him
Miki Soria (Sport) confesses: “Maybe the only doubt is how he will fit into Barca’s eleven and how he will cohabit with Lionel Messi. But he will surely end up being an important player. I think he comes to start on the left wing, especially when Ansu Fati is injured. Later it will depend on how Koeman can put all the pieces of the puzzle together, because there will be many options in attack with Ansu, Griezmann, Agüero, Messi, etc … “ For 24hfootnews (Fichajes), the former Lyonnais is not guaranteed to be in the starting XI.
“It’s hard to know if Memphis will start. At the moment, Barça has Messi, Griezmann, Dembélé. If Messi leaves I’m sure he will start but if he stays it will depend on the game I think. In any case, the fact that Koeman knows him will work in his favor ”. On the side of Sergi Santos (AS), confidence in him is greater. “There is little doubt, because it is a good operation for Barcelona economically. It is a request from the coach that they were able to satisfy and which improves the team. Everybody wins”. Financially, the operation is good. It remains to be seen whether it will be sporting.
The supporters are generally won over
Because the supporters are waiting for real reinforcements after a disappointing and trying season. But the coming of Memphis is rather well received for the moment. “The fans are happy because Memphis Depay is a good player and he arrived for free”, assures 24hfootnews (Fichajes). Ditto for Miki Soria (Sport). “The supporters know it’s a good transfer. As explained before, they appreciate his efforts to sign for Barça as well as his good year at OL ”.
The speech is more nuanced on the Madrid side. Sergi Santos (AS) tells us: “Among the fans, it generated envy, but it didn’t trigger madness either. Memphis is not a well-known footballer in Spain. We know he’s a good player, but they don’t consider him a world star either ”. It’s up to him to get everyone to agree on the ground! What is certain is that Memphis Depay intends to succeed in this mission because for him, Barça is much more than a club. It is the dream of a lifetime.