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Barcelona believe forward will run down his contract and leave for free in 2023

Memphis Depay is one of the few Barcelona players who might be shown the exit door in the upcoming January transfer window.

The striker was linked with a move away from Camp Nou even in the summer, with a host of clubs interested in his services. But the move never materialised with the forward staying put following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exit.

However, the plan has not worked so out well, as the Dutchman struggled with injuries and lack of prominence in the first team. He did, however, return to action during the World Cup, even making a solid impression with a couple of his performances.

In light of his success, many expect Depay to leave Barcelona in January, in search of a new challenge elsewhere. In fact, recent reports suggested that Newcastle United have offered €20 million to secure his services.

However, according to Victor Navarro, Barcelona believe Depay is not willing to leave Camp Nou next month. The club believe the player wants to remain at the club in January and run down his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Staying put at Barça and letting his deal expire could, after all, help Depay earn a more lucrative contract in the summer. This is because the Dutchman will turn into a free agent, effectively nullifying the requirement of a transfer fee being paid to Barcelona.

There are no shortage of interested parties for Depay in January. Manchester United have been linked with a move for the former Lyon starlet, while Galatasaray are also considering the idea of signing the Dutchman, who could prove to be an upgrade over Bafetimbi Gomis.

But with Depay not too keen on shifting elsewhere, it appears Barcelona may have to keep hold of his services for six more months. It might even turn out to be a blessing in disguise, knowing the player is in decent form and could serve as a backup for Robert Lewandowski, who is facing a three-match ban.

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