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Barcelona could use exit-bound striker in swap deal for Jules Kounde



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Gerard Romero has come forth with another huge news, about Memphis Depay again. Yesterday, he stated that a ‘lower-ranked Premier League’ team had bid €23 million for the striker, but today’s news is even more interesting.

He says that there is talk of sending Memphis to Sevilla in an attempt to use him in a swap deal for Jules Kounde. The Dutchman has just a year left on his contract, and therefore, it will not be a direct swap but a player-plus-cash one.

Barcelona have set Memphis’ asking price at around €25-30 million, which will help halve the cost of Kounde’s operation. Sevilla are demanding €65 million for the centre-back, but could be forced to accept around €35 million-plus Memphis as they need to raise money.

The 28-year-old forward ended last season as Barcelona’s joint-top scorer with 13 goals, as many as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. While he is evidently a high-level footballer, his profile is not what Xavi is looking for in a striker.

Consequently, he has asked Barcelona to treat Robert Lewandowski’s transfer as a high-priority signing. It would eventually push Aubameyang to a second-choice role, while Memphis would not even be near regular rotation.

He has little to no space on the wing as well, with Ansu Fati coming back from injury and the possible signing of Raphinha. Ousmane Dembele is nearing a two-year contract extension as well, while Ferran Torres is guaranteed a starter role.

Should Barcelona sell Memphis this summer, they will stand to make a profit on the deal as they signed him on a Bosman move on Ronald Koeman’s request last summer.

It remains to be seen if Memphis accepts a move to Sevilla, though, as it would be, theoretically, a step down in his career. A rather interesting summer window awaits the Camp Nou faithful.

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