Olympique Lyon is pleased to have been able to keep Memphis Depay. The striker of the Dutch national team seemed to be on his way to FC Barcelona, but the clubs could not agree on the transfer fee.
The transfer market in both Spain and France was closed on Monday evening. Barcelona hoped to lease banker Ousmane Dembélé to Manchester United and thereby make room for Memphis financially, but that did not happen.
“We are pleased to report that we have managed to keep our best players, including Memphis, Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembelé, for the club,” Lyon wrote on Tuesday at the site from the club. “We have also been able to strengthen the selection in a number of places.”
The 26-year-old Memphis has been associated with a transfer to Barcelona from trainer Ronald Koeman for weeks. The 54-time international already had a personal agreement with the Spanish top club and Lyon also wanted to cooperate in a departure, but FC Barcelona could not meet the transfer fee.
Due to the corona crisis, the Catalans appealed to wage compensation from the government and are therefore only allowed to spend half of their income on transfers. The allegedly agreed transfer fee of 32 million euros turned out to be too high for Barcelona and the negotiations did not offer any outcome.
Due to his canceled transfer to Spain, Memphis continues his fourth season with Lyon, which took him over from Manchester United in January 2017. The former PSV player has so far played 144 official matches for the French top club, scoring 58 times. He is still under contract with Lyon until mid-2021.