Memphis Depay has been a Barcelona target ever since Ronald Koeman took over the Spanish side. The Catalans could not sign the forward in the summer. Several rumours surrounding his future have popped up in the last few months. Reportedly, Paris St. Germain is also interested in the 26-year-old.
Last October, Milan wanted the Dutchman. On Christmas day, Mundo Deportivo linked Depay to PSG. While the Parisians might have joined the race, Barça is still favourites to complete the transfer – mainly because of Koeman’s relationship with the player.
Reportedly, the Lyon star’s price tag is derisory. A measly 5 million euros for a great forward contributing towards his side’s push for the title.
In contrast, many Culés feel like they do not need a new forward. Moreover, the Blaugrana presidential elections have not taken place yet. On the other hand, Paris have just gotten rid of Thomas Tuchel, which came very surprised to the dressing room.
Leonardo, the club’s sporting director, seems to already have a clear sporting project and paying 5 million, plus Depay’s wages will not be a problem for the Parisien club. However, Barça’s case is quite different; the Catalan club is in the middle of a financial and sporting crisis.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.