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Lyon is ready to start talks with Barcelona over Memphis Depay

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According to RMCsport, Lyon are ready to let Memphis Depay leave the club. He never responded to their contract renewal talks and they don’t want to lose him for free next summer.

Depay is currently on Ronald Koeman’s radar and might become his first signing at the Catalan club. Barcelona is expected to send an official offer in the coming days and is willing to keep the player’s price tag below €50 million euros.

Even though there are discussions among fans that Lautaro Martinez should be Luis Suarez’s replacement, the Dutchman is much more affordable than the Argentine and is now the priority option to fill the ‘9’ position. On top of that, Koeman personally prefers the 26-year-old over Lautaro.

Per l’equipe, Barça might be tempted to try to include Samuel Umtiti in the deal in exchange for Memphis Depay, but sources at Lyon don’t see how they would convince Umtiti to return, both because of his own ambitions and also because of his high salary.

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Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury

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All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.

As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.

Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.

But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.

However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.

Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.

Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.

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