As Barcelona ramp up their efforts to conclude deals for exit-bound players, Fabrizio Romano has issued an update on the situation of the Catalans’ attacking unit, stating that they will only sell one of Memphis Depay and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
Barça’s attacking department, as things stand, has become bloated, and the Blaugrana are in need of making cuts in order to trim down their wage bill.
And two of the players whose names are being considered for departures, as per Romano, are Depay and Aubameyang.
The former arrived at Barcelona last summer and finished the campaign as the joint top-goalscorer along with Aubameyang, who joined the Catalans only in January from Arsenal.
Among the duo, Depay has been linked with an exit the strongest, with the club’s stripping him of the No. 9 shirt to hand it to Robert Lewandowski being seen as a major indicator that Barcelona are ready to part ways with him.
In fact, the 28-year-old’s lawyers are already in talks with Barça to negotiate an exit for the Dutchman, who will only consider leaving the club as a free agent. On top of that, he would only depart Camp Nou for a big club.
Juventus have shown an interest in Memphis and have even tabled a contract offer for the ex-Manchester United ace.
As for Aubameyang, he is attracting interest from Premier League giants Chelsea, who are desperately searching for a new striker. Talks are believed to have been initiated with the former Arsenal captain, although reports in Spain indicate that he is not willing to consider a return to England.
Aubameyang will have to settle for playing a backup to Lewandowski this summer, but the striker has indicated that he is happy to compete with the former Bayern Munich superstar.
So, as things stand it will likely be Depay who leaves the club, with the Blaugrana not planning to offload both the forwards.