Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update regarding Tottenham Hotspur’s reported transfer interest in Memphis Depay.
Speaking on the Here We Go podcast (via This is Futbol), the transfer insider claimed that, despite recent reports suggesting that Spurs had made an early move for the Barcelona centre-forward ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window, the Premier League side have in fact not submitted an offer for the 28-year-old, nor are the club in discussions with Barca concerning a deal for the Netherlands international.
Regarding Spurs’ reported interest in Depay, Romano said: “From what I’m told, Tottenham are not negotiating for Depay. And on Tottenham’s side, I’m told they made no bid for Memphis Depay. So let’s see what happens with Barcelona if they will be open to let him go, but, as of now, Tottenham are not working to sign Depay.”
Considering just how impressive Depay has been for Barcelona since his move to Camp Nou last summer, the news that Tottenham are not believed to be in discussions regarding a summer deal for the forward is sure to have left the club’s fanbase devastated.
Indeed, over his 19 LaLiga appearances so far this season, the £42m-rated hitman has been in electric form for the Catalan giants, scoring 10 goals, registering two assists and creating five big chances for his team-mates, also taking 2.5 shots and making 1.9 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the £158k-per-week striker – who can also operate on the left-wing or just behind a centre-forward – average a quite remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.36, ranking him as the sixth-best player in the top flight of Spanish football.
However, it has not only been domestically that Depay has impressed, with the former Lyon marksman also averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.13 over his six Champions League outings this term, and a 7.15 rating over his two Europa League games.
Furthermore, FBRef also rank the 28-year-old in the top 2% of all forwards in Europe’s big five leagues for passes attempted per 90 minutes, in addition to the top 5% for shot-creating actions, the top 6% for progressive passes, the top 5% for progressive carries and the top 5% for successful dribbles.
As such, considering his positional versatility, clear eye for goal and incredibly progressive mindset on the football pitch, it would be a difficult argument to make that Depay would not make a fantastic addition to Antonio Conte’s current attacking arsenal in his Tottenham side.
However, following Romano’s latest update, it would appear as if a move for the Dutchman is not as close as many are suggesting – something which is sure to disappoint many of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium faithful.