Tottenham Hotspur appear to have been given a green light in their pursuit of Memphis Depay…
It’s thought that the Catalan giants will sell the Dutch frontman for around €20m (£18m) if such an offer comes in and now the 28-year-old has stoked the fire by talking up a return to the Premier League.
“It’s a very nice competition,” he explained to Voetbal International (via the Express). “It’s up to the club that is interested.”
Depay is in the final year of his £158k-per-week contract at the Nou Camp but has been usurped in the pecking order by Pierre-Emile Aubameyang, and he could sink further down should a potential move for Robert Lewandowski be finalised.
Despite adding Richarlison to an already stacked frontline, it appears as if the Italian head coach wants further reinforcements.
Spurs will be competing in the Champions League next season, so it could be useful to have an array of options as strength in depth and rotation will see them remain competitive across all competitions.
They have also let Steven Bergwijn depart for Ajax, so there is a potential place in the squad available.
Depay, who has been lauded as a “special talent” by Dutch legend Marco van Basten, has a proven track record in Europe. Despite losing his starting spot in Spain, he still ended the season as Barca’s top goalscorer with 12 goals.
At Lyon, where he reignited his career after a tricky stint at Manchester United; one that came perhaps too early in his career, he managed to deliver 76 goals and 55 assists in 178 appearances, which means he provided 0.74 goal contributions per game.
He doesn’t just provide goals and it is his passing ability that could lend Spurs a hand, particularly as they lack a creative no.10.
As per FBref, the £31.5m-rated marksman ranks inside the top 1% of forwards across Europe’s ‘big five’ for passes attempted (48.11 per 90), as well as the top 3% for progressive carries (7.37 per 90) and top 6% for progressive passes (3.26 per 90), meaning he is always looking to play forward into the opposition and get involved.
With Depay seemingly open to a return to England and the LaLiga outfit willing to sell, it seems as if Lilywhites sporting director has a free run at signing him this summer.
The forward, dubbed “unreal” by journalist Liam Canning, would be a fine addition to Conte’s side, even if he already has his free choice of options at his disposal.
AND in other news, Fabrizio Romano drops exciting Spurs transfer claim…