Chelsea top Memphis Depay transfer deal as Juventus back out in the deadline day
Memphis Depay’s move to Juventus has reportedly stalled, as Chelsea top transfer deal with Barcelona forward to finalise personal terms.
Memphis to Chelsea
When everything seemed more or less closed, the Dutch striker could end up being the final surprise of the market. As AS has learned, his departure to the English club is a very real option at the moment.
Memphis Depay could be the last-minute surprise at the summer market. As AS has learned, the Dutch striker has a very important offer from Chelsea, which could turn his situation upside down. It so happens that the English club would also be about to close Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, so both could end up coinciding in the ‘blue’ club
The problem is that if Depay’s departure is
According to a report by Italian publication Tuttosport, Memphis Depay might have to go back to the drawing board to sort his future out in the ongoing transfer window. The Barcelona attacker has seen his move to Serie A club Juventus stall over his wage demands, with around a week left this summer.
Memphis Depay completed a dream move when he joined Barcelona in a Bosman move last summer after running down his contract with Lyon. The Dutch forward had a topsy turvy 2021/22 campaign as he was the Catalan club’s top scorer. But has fallen since the turn of the year, with Barcelona making four attacking signings.
Things have gone from bad to worse for the 28-year-old this summer, with Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha arriving at Camp Nou to push him to the bottom of the pecking order. And Depay is yet to feature for Barcelona in the 2022/23 season, with the Blaugrana looking to get him off the books in the ongoing transfer window amid interest from Juventus.
The Serie A giants need to invest in offensive signings this summer after seeing Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi and Alvaro Morata leave. While Morata’s loan stint ended this summer, Dybala and Bernardeschi have left Juventus as free agents before resuming their careers elsewhere.
Angel Di Maria has arrived to provide some respite to Massimiliano Allegri. But with Moise Kean being surplus to requirements amid interest from Leeds United and Newcastle United, Juventus will need to invest in an attacker. Barcelona forward Memphis Depay has thus emerged as a viable target for the Bianconeri.
But while Depay has coaxed Barcelona to terminate his contract to get him off the books, his move to Juventus has now stalled. Widespread reports have pointed to his wage demands being the stumbling block for the Dutch international to move to Serie A by joining Juventus. And while he seemed to have agreed to a two-year deal, that does not seem to be the case.
It will be interesting to see if Juventus will rekindle the move to sign Depay from Barcelona in a free transfer this summer or look to secure the services of an alternative instead. For now, Depay’s move to the Serie A club has stalled.
According to Fabrizio Romano reports that termination of contact is ready but Depay has to reach agreement with another club to seal the deal.
Memphis Depay update
▫️ No advanced talks with Chelsea, as of now – focus on Auba;
▫️ Memphis closer to staying than leaving but it’s still a long day;
▫️ Termination of contract ready but only in case Depay will agree with another club, otherwise it won’t happen.