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Former Manchester United winger wanted by new Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman

 

Ronald Koeman appears to be wasting little time in his quest to improve the current Barcelona squad. According to Diario Sport, the Dutch manager has reportedly asked the club to sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay.

The new Barcelona coach is actively looking for a replacement for 33 years old Suarez and he sees the Duthch forward as the right candidate who ticks all the boxes. 

Depay is not an out-and-out striker. He is a completely different striker compared to Suarez as he has the ability to play as a winger. He is very mobile, something that really interests Koeman having managed him at the national level. 

Depay is a player who can go at defenders but also finish when presented with a chance. Suarez was able to do this a couple of years ago while he was still at Ajax and Liverpool age seems to have caught up with him. 

Depay scored six goals in eight Champions League games and nine in 13 Ligue 1 matches. A decent return considering the fact that he spent a good chunk of the season out injured. 

Mundo Deportivo says Koeman was tempted to return with the promise of full control of transfers. However, there is already disagreement between the coach and his president over the purchase of the Dutch forward.

Koeman wants to bring Lyon ace Memphis Depay to Barca as a replacement for Luis Suarez, but Bartomeu prefers Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

Barca and Inter have been negotiating over a fee for Lautaro for several months, but despite protracted talks, Bartomeu is demanding the Argentine remain their top attacking target this summer.

Depay has a contract at Lyon until 2021. If the Catalans want to sign him now, they would have to pay at least €40 million according to Diario AS.