Ronald Koeman arrived at FC Barcelona in a template that had already been reinforced with three signings –Miralem Pjanic, Francisco Trincao Y Pedri– and was aware of how complicated it was to market. With Sergiño Dest to cover the gap left by Nélson Semedo, the Dutch coach was clear that the team should be strengthened with more signings, especially on the offensive field.
Memphis Depay, that ends the contract with him Lyon olympic next June and which was a market opportunity, he was chosen by Ronald Koeman, who had directed him in the selection of the Netherlands and considered that it would also be ideal to relieve Luis Suarez at FC Barcelona. Due to financial ‘fair play’ issues, his hiring was not possible, but in winter his signing will be tried again.
“The signing of Memphis Depay is a possibility. I would like to have him”
This was revealed by Ronald Koeman himself in an interview with the Rotterdam newspaper AD. “The signing of Memphis Depay is certainly a possibility, yes. I’ll give it a try, because I like having it there. But I cannot estimate now what the financial situation of the club is in January. We will have to wait to see it, ” he said, warning of the added value that his arrival would give.
Ronald Koeman knows the virtues of Memphis Depay perfectly and considers that he would give a lot of depth up front. “I don’t have that role, it depends on the club. For me, therefore, it is just a matter of waiting. We loved him because he is a great player and because he has qualities that, in my opinion, we lack: especially depth in the attack game, ”he explained.
In this sense, Ronald Koeman commented that Memphis Depay is a different forward from the rest of those that FC Barcelona has, so he would give a lot of versatility forward. “Most of Barcelona’s attackers want the ball at their feet, Memphis can be used as a starting point, but you can also send it deep. He is strong, dynamic and can play both from the front and from the left ”, he argued.
Dembélé stayed and Depay did not arrive
The FC Barcelona coach assured that he had already tied Memphis Depay since summer and that only the frustrated sale of Ousmane Dembélé avoided the arrival of his compatriot. “Of course I told him about my ideas beforehand. In principle everything was ready, but due to the La Liga rules we knew that we had to sell a player first. In the end it did not happen. Too bad, but Memphis also knew what the situation was, “he said.