After signing Ferran Torres in January and then Raphinha in the summer, Barcelona now have seven forwards in their ranks. Robert Lewandowski serves as the first-choice striker, while Ousmane Dembele has currently taken the starting spot at right-wing.
The left side is contested between Torres, Ansu Fati, and even Raphinha, sometimes, who prefers to play on the right.
Amidst all this, Memphis Depay has nearly lost all prominence at the club, and is currently shuffling between the left-wing and the centre-forward role whenever he is called up on the pitch.
As such, he has been linked with a January exit, with past reports claiming that Newcastle United were offered the chance to sign him.
Mundo Deportivo have reported that Newcastle have, apparently, offered €20 million to get Memphis’ signature.
Barcelona signed the Dutchman on a free transfer in the summer of 2021 on a two-year deal. With his contract expiring in the summer, a profit of €20 million would go a long way for the club to resolve their financial turmoil.
Xavi is said to be happy with Memphis’ professionalism and abilities, but will not come in the way of a potential sale, especially with multiple players competing for the same position.
The problem for Barcelona, however, is that Memphis does not want to leave in January. He wants to leave on a free transfer in June where he can negotiate a higher salary and potentially a huge signing bonus.
To combat that issue, the Catalans are willing to share part of the €20 million income they would receive from his sale with the player
Previously, it was stated that Memphis would only agree to leave Barcelona in January if a club from the Champions League came asking for his signature.
And while Newcastle are not quite in the UCL yet, they sit third in the Premier League, two points behind Manchester City. They are four points clear off Manchester United, who are in fifth place.
Further, it would also give Memphis the chance to ‘lead’ Newcastle’s project on the pitch under Eddie Howe. Not to mention, he could easily get a higher salary playing in the Prem.