Why Tottenham could have an advantage over Barcelona and Inter Milan in chase for Memphis Depay - TBR View
Memphis Depay has three options ahead of the summer window with his Lyon contract set to expire. It is claimed that Barcelona and Inter Milan are looking to land the Dutch free agent. But FC Inter News also claim that Tottenham Hotspur are an option for the ex-Manchester United attacker.
Depay, 27, has been in stunning form for Lyon once again this season. The 62-time Netherlands captain has had a hand in 34 goals in all competitions, scoring 22 goals for Lyon and creating 12 more. But his four-year Lyon spell is now set to come to an end – having earned a whopping 178 outings.
Barcelona are strongly linked. Ronald Koeman, who worked with Depay during his stint as Netherlands boss , is being linked. Inter Milan are likely to undergo some major surgery, following the exit of Antonio Conte. But Tottenham are now keen – and his small-ish wage demands are intriguing.
Can Tottenham really sign Depay?
The report says that Depay is willing to put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the option of a fourth season. He wants £83,000-a-week wages, which is incredibly cheap for a player of his calibre. It puts Tottenham in a much stronger negotiating position ahead of the window.
Tottenham have a real chance of getting Depay this summer, then. Barcelona are in a struggling position financially and after completing deals for Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia, they will surely need to sell before they can balance the books and bring more in. Tottenham do not need to wait.
Daniel Levy’s tight stronghold of the Tottenham coffers not only allows Spurs to offer way more than that – but Harry Kane’s potential exit would could see them offer Depay a much larger wage. It would also free up space in the side for Depay if Kane departed – while at Inter, he might struggle.
The presence of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Lautaro Martinez, Ivan Perisic, Christian Eriksen and more would see Depay struggle for game time. Spurs are best positioned to get him as they can afford more than Barcelona, and fit him in more easily than Inter. A no-brainer.
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