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Barça wants to sign Memphis Depay, or nothing

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According to Cat Radio, Barcelona still wants Memphis Depay per Ronald Koeman’s requests. If they are unable to sign the Dutchman, the club will continue the season without a number 9.

Even though Culés pointed towards Ansu Fati’s brilliant performance against Villarreal, Koeman still wants to sign a forward, and he only has one candidate on his list: Memphis Depay. However, the Catalan club is facing financial problems to sign the player.

Lyon would accept bids of around €25 million for Depay. They would also accept €12.5 million now, and the rest paid in installments later on. However, even under these terms, Barça has told that they can not afford the deal.

Even though Koeman keeps insisting, the operation seems not possible at this point, unless the Catalan club continues to sell players. Lyon has also warned Barcelona that the deadline for them to sign the Dutchman is friday.

Sources: Cat Radio

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Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla

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Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.

And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.

This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.

Ousmane Dembélé celebrating his goal vs Sevilla | Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.

That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.

Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.

With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.

Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.

Stats: Transfermarkt

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