Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on Tuesday that his Barcelona partner Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed to him that the Catalan monsters couldn’t bear the cost of Memphis Depay after reports in Dutch media an arrangement was practically completed.
The Telegraaf revealed before on Tuesday that Netherlands forward Depay was set to join comrades Frenkie de Jong and Ronald Koeman at Barca this week in an exchange worth ($29.6 million). Reacting on Twitter, Aulas stated: “The leader of Barcelona told me on Sunday that the Barcelona are truly experiencing the COVID emergency and couldn’t make an offer.” Koeman has been on the chase for a striker in the wake of telling Uruguayan Luis Suarez he wasn’t in his arrangements for the coming season. Depay assumed a significant part in Lyon’s advancement to the Champions League semi-last and scored a cap stunt in their initial Ligue 1 win of the period over Dijon. In any case, he had reported that he didn’t wish to expand his Lyon contract, which terminates the following summer, and has never shrouded his longing to play “for a greater club”. The 26-year-old began the seat for Lyon’s Ligue 1 match against Montpellier on Tuesday night. He started his profession with PSV Eindhoven before moving to Manchester United and, in 2017, Lyon.