Barcelona Want United Flop Depay
Looking back on last season https://t.co/FI5XT0XFEx
— Memphis (@Memphis) May 26, 2016
Memphis Depay joined the English giants Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015. The Manchester based club signed the winger for a fee of £25m, successfully beating bitter rivals Liverpool to his signature.
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A lot was expected from Depay from both the coaches and the fans, after being given the club’s iconic number 7 shirt. But, after showing initial promise, he fizzled out and had an underwhelming season.
It therefore comes as a surprise, when a club of Barcelona’s stature would want such a player.
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According to Don Balon, a Spanish weekly sports magazine, the Catalan giants plan to make Memphis Depay their third signing, after recently acquiring French internationals Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne. They see him as a useful squad player.
Manchester United, who paid £25m for Depay, will look to recoup most of the money from this transfer.
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Barcelona know what they are doing. Their key man at central defence, Gerald Pique, had a similar stint at Old Trafford. Look at Pique now at Barcelona. Sometimes when you do not fit with the style of play at a club, it takes going somewhere to prove that it was the style of play (or even perhaps the limited opportunities you were given) that made you appear to fail. There are other players that went to other clubs: Diego Forlan went to Spain and was top goal scorer in his debut season in Spain after struggling at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba went to Italy and Manchester United are seen to want him back. The best example is Wayne Rooney, who was declining as a stricker and after a switch to midfield he is promising to be a very creative and visionary player on the pitch. His performances in the 2015-16 English FA Cup ( a last defender clearance against Everton, a crucial defensive tackle and a long run from midfield to set up a Juan Mata goal against Crystal Palace) are good testimony for this. So, it is up to Manchester United to ignore these examples and sell Memphis Depay to Barcelona. It will come back to haunt them…..