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Barcelona forward does not wish to join La Liga rivals in January, wants a top European club

Memphis Depay is likely to move on from Barcelona in the January transfer window, with MARCA reporting that the Catalans are very much open to the possibility of selling him.

The 28-year-old fell down the pecking order this season following the signings of Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha, coupled with the contract renewal of Ousmane Dembele as well as Ansu Fati’s return from injury.

Depay came close to leaving in the summer but a move to Juventus fell through. Having stayed at Camp Nou, he has played just three matches this season.

With the World Cup coming up, he has been named in the Netherlands squad and is aware that a good run in Qatar could help him attract interest from clubs in January. Barcelona, too, would not stand in a way as they can get some revenue from his sale and get rid of his wages.

While clubs like Manchester United and Tottenham have been touted as interested parties, La Liga side Sevilla are also now said to be interested in signing Depay.

The report states that Los Nervionenses were keen on signing the ex-Olympique Lyon ace in the summer as well and are once again looking to move for him in January

However, at the same time, it is claimed that Depay has no intentions to sign for Sevilla.

The Netherlands international wants to join a top European club and the Andalusian outfit do not meet those requirements, having crashed out of the Champions League and struggling in the relegation zone in La Liga.

So, while Sevilla would hold an interest in Depay, the Dutchman does not wish to join Barcelona’s La Liga rivals.

The former Manchester United forward is aware that leaving Barcelona as a free agent in the summer would guarantee him greater earnings in terms of signing-on bonuses and wages. However, he also believes that if a good offer comes in January, it would be foolish to turn it down.

So, as things stand, Depay looks headed for the exit doors in January but does not plan on joining Sevilla. Instead, he will continue to wait for a big European club to make a play to sign him.


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