Barcelona will have €3.8 million to invest in new signing after Memphis’ sale
As Memphis Depay closes in on a transfer to Atletico Madrid, Barcelona are already planning their next move as they look to fill the void that would be left by his impending exit.
While Depay was hardly a regular in the side, Xavi still believes that his exit would weaken the frontline and has asked the club to secure a replacement.
Some reports have suggested that Barça intend to prioritise the contract renewals and registrations of young stars like Alejandro Balde, Inaki Pena, Gavi and Ronald Araujo.
However, it seems like Barcelona are planning to sign a new forward to replace Memphis and are looking at low-cost options to rope in before the transfer window slams shut.
Amidst this, Mundo Deportivo is now reporting that the Catalan giants will have around €3.8 million to invest in a new signing once they complete Depay’s sale to Atletico Madrid.
As per La Liga’s rules, Barça can invest 40% of any revenue they generate from player sales. The league leaders will be receiving around €4 million from Atletico Madrid in exchange for Depay.
On top of that, they will also be saving the money they would have to pay the Netherlands international in wages for the second half of the season.
As per the report, the 28-year-old was on a contract worth €11 million per year (gross), so at the midpoint of the season, he would be owed €5.5 million which the Catalans will be saving now.
The transfer fee and the wages saved total up to €9.5 million, 40% of which will come up to around €3.8 million which Barcelona can invest in signing a new player in January.
The Blaugrana are looking at Wolves’ forward Goncalo Guedes as an option. A loan move with a permanent purchase option at the end of the season is being considered, with Barça covering only part of the Portuguese international’s wages.