Koeman: No agreement with Lyon for Memphis Depay


Koeman: No agreement with Lyon for Memphis Depay

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the club has not reached any agreement with Lyon over forward Memphis Depay, and that he expects no new additions before the start of the season.


Over the last few days, the headlines have been filled with rumours of Barcelona agreeing to pay £22 million for Depay, who will be out of contract at the end of the season.


However, reports show that Barcelona do not have the necessary funds to complete any transfers right now, with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas tweeting that the Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said that Barca have been reduced to as limited of a transfer budget as possible due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Koeman, who worked with Memphis during his time with the Netherlands national team, stated that in order for Barcelona to sign anyone, some of the players need to be sold.


Speaking with Fox Sports Netherlands, Koeman said that they are "working towards the new season and I think we will go into it with the same group of players that we have now for pre-season".


Depay has been identified as a possible target for Barcelona, who are ready to sell Luis Suarez, leaving a gap in the attack that the Dutch international can easily fill.


Barcelona are preparing for a big clear out, as apart from Suarez, they have also sold Ivan Rakitic to Sevilla for a fee of around £1.2 million, and Arturo Vidal is set to join Inter for a similar fee this week.


Whilst those three players all have tremendous wages, they will all be going for a relatively low fee, leaving the board with a headache with regards to transfers.


Barca reportedly also put Samuel Umtiti, Rafinha and Jean-Clair Todibo on the transfer list, yet none of them have been sold as of yet.