Olympique Lyonnais has confirmed that the two players for whom half of Europe are looking for, Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay, will not leave the French team in this transfer market.
Therefore, Ronald Koeman’s wish to have Memphis Depay in Barcelona could not be fulfilled. The signing of Memphis was one of the requests of the Dutch coach, but the club will not be able to sign the player.
This means that Barcelona will not have their No.1 target available as a striker and will have to choose whether to continue the season without a pure “9” or try to find an alternative a few days before the transfer market deadline.
Besides that, Depay staying at Lyon could also mean that Barça is going to focus on closing other moves as soon as possible. Another player on the Catalan club’s list for the summer is Eric García, and it seems that Barcelona will now have a higher chance of completing the Spaniard’s transfer.