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Juventus lining up mega bid for Barcelona centre-forward

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As the season wears on, it is clear that Barcelona do not have the best of firepower in their ranks. The Catalan giants have suffered immensely due to their forward line. Given the injuries to Ansu Fati and Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero’s unfortunate health concerns, the Blaugrana lack a proper centre-forward.

Memphis Depay is the only saving grace in the attack right now, but even he has his own issues. The Dutchman is one of the most productive forwards this year. He has Lionel Messi-level numbers in terms of goal contributions. Despite this, there is a growing worry that he struggles to finish in front of goal.

In a report relayed by El Nacional, Juventus are interested in the forward. Having lost Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, they have not yet replaced their marksman. And thus, are preparing a €60 million bid for him.

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Juventus were very interested in signing the Dutchman when he was available for free, but were beaten by Barça. The Old Lady offered him a much better contract, but his dreams of donning the garnet and blue eclipsed money.

Xavi Hernandez values Memphis’ productivity, especially in between the lines where he is most dangerous.

But, at €60 million, Barça might just be open to selling. The Catalans need a proper finisher for the long term. One name regularly put in the media is Erling Haaland, but Barcelona would need nearly €100 million to acquire his services. 

Should they manage to sell Memphis to Juventus, funds could be directed towards the Borussia Dortmund forward. Haaland is one of the world’s most coveted products, with other, bigger clubs looking at his signing. It will be difficult to attract him to the Camp Nou, especially in this climate.

Nevertheless, as for Memphis, it seems unlikely that Barça would run the risk of selling him without a proper replacement.

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  1. frankie

    25/11/2021 at 22:20

    Why would Juve spend $60M on Depay when they can spend $60-70 to get Vlahovic who at 21 is already a better player and a better finisher??

  2. Steve johnson

    25/11/2021 at 23:28

    Suddenly all teams want to buy all Barca players.
    Why would juventus spend 60 on Depay. They can spent the same and get a number of other attacking players. Or add another 15 to itvand try to buy Haaland themselves.

  3. krishna Ramachandran

    26/11/2021 at 06:10

    Haaland may be available for 75 million but his agent’s fees and wage demands will make him unaffordable for the foreseeable future. Depay is only worth 40-45 million per Transfermarkt. If christian Pulisic, Werner, Olmo and a few others are available for around 60 million, i don’t see Depay being in demand. He is a good support striker and can’t be the main man

    • Steve johnson

      26/11/2021 at 16:25

      Depay is worth only 45 million because his contract ends in the end of 2023. Transfermarkt values players taking into account when contracts end. So Depay is relatively expensive, considering Werner is valued 55 with a contract ending at 2025 or Olmo and Pulisic valued at 50 with their contract ending at 2024.
      Neither Pulisic or Olmo are main strikers, and Werner at top level is not such either otherwise Chelsea would not have payed for Lukaku.
      There are very few good strikers around.