For the last couple of months, we’ve been hearing the rumours of Memphis Depay being on Barcelona’s radar. Of course, with Ronald Koeman being at the helm of the Catalan giants, this hardly comes as a big surprise.
Still, it is one of the biggest transfer stories currently surrounding the club and the player himself. Depay and Koeman are both regularly questioned about a potential deal taking place in January and the latest press-conference following the Netherland’s clash with Spain was no different.
The Olympique Lyon ace is fully focused on the season ahead of him and he told the same thing to the media.
“Barça? I don’t know. The transfer window isn’t open, and I’m not focused on that. I’m trying to do my best, to put good performances in order to become a better player.”
However, he doesn’t exactly hide his admiration of the club. After all, who wouldn’t want to play for Barcelona?
“Whether I would like to play at Barça someday? Who doesn’t? I mean it’s a top club. There are a lot of top clubs, but they are one of the biggest so I think everybody wants that. Let’s see what the future brings, but once again, I’m not focused on that right now.”
Still, Depay couldn’t say more and it will be interesting to see what happens next once the winter market finally opens in a couple of months.
Lyon’s president seems to believe the club will keep their star player until at least the next summer but Barcelona want him sooner than that.
Exciting times are ahead for sure.
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.