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Third-placed side ‘optimistic’ of signing Liverpool and Tottenham-linked 12-assist star, claims Romano

Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has dealt Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur blows to their reported pursuits of Memphis Depay, after claiming Barcelona are ‘optimistic’ of a deal.

Depay and his agent are hopeful of securing a move to the Camp Nou once his Lyon contract expires at the end of the month, as well. But the Dutch international is yet to reach a total agreement with the La Liga giants.

Barcelona are ‘confident’ that Depay will accept their offer of a three-year deal to move to Catalunya. And talks are set to continue over the finer details of his contract, to follow the arrival of Sergio Aguero on a free transfer from Manchester City.

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Depay will leave Lyon at the end of the month after four seasons with the Ligue 1 side. His move from Manchester United in 2017 was worth an initial £16million rising to £21.5m with add-ons (BBC).

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The forward scored 76 goals and offered 55 assists in 178 appearances for the Groupama Stadium outfit in all competitions. Of those, he struck 22 goals and penned 12 assists last term while the captain of Rudi Garcia’s squad.

Depay leaving Lyon as a free agent had caught the attention of Liverpool and Tottenham. Marca listed Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield natives as a potential destination for the 27-year-old in March. While FC Inter News claimed Spurs were rivalling Inter Milan last month.

TBR’s view: Tottenham and Liverpool out of Depay race

Neither Tottenham nor Liverpool seem likely to sign Depay in the summer with Barcelona and the player both optimistic. It would take a seismic shift for the 64-cap forward to not join the Camp Nou outfit, who finished the 2020/21 season third in La Liga.

Both Liverpool and Tottenham will need to have alternative strikers lined up for their mangers. Should both clubs wish to add depth to their attacking ranks, that is. But a deal for Depay would easily have suited either club.

Depay was free-scoring and creating chances galore in France last season. He would have easily offered that dual-attacking threat in the Premier League, to help either bounce back from a disappointing 2020/21 campaign.

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