Romano hints at ‘last minute fix’ for Depay with Chelsea identified as ‘possible destination’
Fabrizio Romano has hinted that Memphis Depay could end up leaving Barcelona and that Chelsea have been identified by someone else as a ‘possible destination’.
Depay finds himself in a difficult situation at Barcelona. He performed well for them at the start of last season but lost his place to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his move to Spain from Arsenal.
Now Barcelona have a new favorite toy as Robert Lewandowski signed for them this summer from Bayern Munich.
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This transfer leaves Aubameyang and Depay in the pecking order and both have been heavily linked with moves elsewhere.
Aubameyang looks ready to move as he is currently undergoing a medical ahead of his permanent move to Chelsea.
The striker joins them in a cash plus player deal involving Marcos Alonso. He is set to sign a one-year contract and that will include an option for an additional season.
Barcelona managed to bring someone in while this was happening as Hector Bellerin signed them on a free transfer from Arsenal.
Depay’s situation is not yet resolved. He will no doubt want to play regularly with the Winter World Cup in Qatar just a few months away.
With Aubameyang gone, it looked like Depay would be forced to stay. But Fabrizio Romano now reports that a ‘last minute solution’ is now possible.
The reporter advised people to ‘keep an eye on Depay’ as his side “work” to get him moving before the Thursday night deadline.
A separate report from Gerard Romero revealed on Thursday afternoon that Chelsea are a ‘possible destination’ for Depay after the player ‘asked to leave’ Barcelona.
So two strikers could arrive at Chelsea and they should also sign a midfielder from Juventus.
This is due to the fact they “reached a total agreement” to sign Denis Zakaria on loan from the Serie A giants.
The 25-year-old has passed his medical and Chelsea will have an option to buy him next summer.