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REPORT: Barcelona striker the ‘easiest target’ for Juventus

With Barcelona ticking most of the boxes for their plans in the summer window regarding incomings, the focus has to shift towards the player exits in the coming days.

The Catalans need to clear up space for the new arrivals by offloading players who are no longer a part of manager Xavi Hernandez’s plans. Oscar Mingueza is close to leaving the club while Neto could also follow suit imminently.

But, Barça still have to find suitors for Samuel Umtiti, Riqui Puig and Martin Braithwaite. At the same time, the Blaugrana will also likely look to move on Memphis Depay, who has fallen well down the pecking order at Camp Nou.

Indeed, with the signings of Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski, coupled with the re-signing of Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati’s return from injury, Depay is no longer a frontline option for Barça and has been asked to find a new club.

There has been interest from Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League while clubs in Italy, Juventus in particular, have been looking at the 28-year-old Netherlands striker.

Now, Gianluca Di Marzio has come up with a report which sheds light on Juventus’ interest in Depay. The Italian journalist claims that the Barça forward is not at the top of the priority list for the Bianconeri at this point.

The Italian giants are looking at the likes of Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United) and Timo Werner (Chelsea), apart from Depay. However, the Dutchman is seen as the ‘easiest’ to sign by Juve in terms of costs involved in the transfer.

The former Manchester United attacker is in the final year of his contract with Barcelona, who are said to be demanding €20 million for his transfer. Whether Juventus are willing to match that figure or try and negotiate a lower fee with the Blaugrana remains to be seen.

Depay enjoyed a fairly solid debut campaign in Barcelona, finishing with 13 goals in all competitions. However, his spell at Camp Nou is approaching its end. And only time will tell whether he joins Juventus or a different club.




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