Juventus alerted as Depay seeks Barca exit

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Barcelona attacker Memphis Depay is exploiting all options to leave the Camp Nou after it became clear that he will be denied ample time to feature consistently this season.

The former Olympique Lyon attacker was already aware his playing time would be slashed when the club bolstered its attack with the arrival of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and the recovery of Ansu and Dembele’s contract renewal.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has spoken with the 28-year-old while the Catalans are fashioning out a way to facilitate a deal.

Though Xavi is aware that the player will not get what he requires in the present squad and has also discussed his future, the Calatans boss still featured the attacker in the US preseason tour where he scored vital goals that attracted interest from top European clubs.

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Reports reveal that Juventus are in the race to sign the player who has one year left on his contract with Barcelona looking to sell him at 20 million euros.

Another option being considered by Barcelona is to renew the player’s contract by an extra year intending to send him on loan to Juventus with an option of a 20 million euro buy at the expiration of the loan deal.

Depay, who joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Olympique Lyon having played for Manchester United, is also reportedly on the watchlist of Erik ten Hag’s side, Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyon.

Despite the growing interest in the Dutch attacker, Juventus are more likely to snap the attacker to Turin to bolster its attack after Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi left on free transfers to AS Roma and Toronto respectively.

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