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Memphis Depay situation ‘still open’ amid Liverpool and Barcelona transfer interest

Fabrizio Romano has gifted Liverpool a boost amid their rumoured interest in a free transfer for Memphis Depay.

The transfer expert has claimed on his Here We Go podcast that the Lyon striker is yet to agree on a deal to join Barcelona.

Depay is prioritising a move to the Camp Nou but is holding out to see how events unfold regarding the future of head coach Ronald Koeman.

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Recently appointed Barcelona President Joan Laporta is considering firing Koeman a year on from being hired by Josep Maria Bartomeu. However, RAC1 report it would cost €12million (£10m) to buy the Dutchman out of his contract.

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Barcelona would have to pay off the final year of Koeman’s deal plus the amount he postponed to help with the club’s financial crisis brought on by the pandemic. It is thought this sum is worth between €3-4m (£2.5-3.5m).

Laporta pulling the plug may now boost Liverpool’s hopes of signing Depay after Romano’s recent comments. Marca cited Jurgen Klopp’s side as an interested party in March as the 27-year-old will become a free agent once his Lyon contract expires at the end of next month.

“Let’s see what happens with Memphis Depay,” Romano said. “Depay is waiting to see what happens at Barcelona with the manager situation. He’s talking with Barcelona. His priority is to join Barcelona. The situation is still open.”

TBR’s view: Depay perfect for Liverpool

Barcelona opting to fire Koeman and accepting the heavy financial hit could be a dream send for Liverpool. The Lyon forward would be perfect for Klopp’s side and even better, could arrive without a transfer fee.

The Reds may need Koeman out of the picture to strike a deal, though. The former Everton manager described Depay as a ‘joy to watch’ via FourFourTwo while the head coach of the Dutch national side, as he is so strong playing between the lines.

Depay’s ability to stretch defences and connect with his teammates led to 20 goals in Ligue 1 this season. He also offered 12 assists as the captain of Rudi Garcia’s Les Gones. The 62-cap star will hope that form continues at Euro 2020 to build on his 23 goals and 22 assists for the Netherlands.

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