Xavi asks Barcelona’s $20m star to leave amid Lewandowski, Raphinha’s arrival: details

FC Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has reportedly asked Dutch striker Memphis Depay to look for another club this summer.

Depay joined Barcelona from Lyon on a free transfer last season. He has one year left on his contract and the financially strapped Catalans want to capitalize on the Dutch striker. Barcelona would also remove his salary from his payroll. The Camp Nou side have given Depay an asking price of around $20m, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported.

During Barcelona’s ongoing pre-season tour in the US, Xavi told Depay that with the arrival of Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha, another Spanish outlet, he is not in the club’s plans for the upcoming season, Diario AS reported.

One of the clubs interested in Depay is Juventus. The Serie A Sid wanted to sign Depay on a free transfer when the player’s contract with Lyon expired last summer, Mundo Deportivo’s report further claimed. However, the Dutch forward opted for Barcelona instead.

Depay started his life at Barcelona on a high, assisting one goal and scoring two in the first three league games last season. In his first 14 La Liga games, Depay had scored eight goals and provided two more. However, towards the end of 2021, Depay’s injury problems began, ruining the rest of his season. First, the 28-year-old forward picked up a hamstring injury before suffering from an Achilles tendon problem.

Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring Barcelona's equalizer against Athletic Bilbao
Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring Barcelona’s equalizer against Athletic Bilbao

In total, Depay missed 15 games for Barcelona across all competitions in the 2021-22 season, falling down Xavi’s pecking order as a result. In his first season in Barcelona shirt, he managed just 13 goals and two assists in 38 competitive games.

Barcelona didn’t win a title last season, which was also the club’s first season without Lionel Messi. The Catalans were unable to renew Messi’s contract due to their financial crisis and as a result lost their best player to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a free transfer.

However, it was recently reported that Xavi wants Barcelona to re-sign Messi when his contract at PSG expires next summer.

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