Memphis Depay could leave Barcelona just six months after joining the club as Netherlands teammate Luuk de Jong earns boss Xavi’s trust with three goals in three games and £55m signing Ferran Torres joins the squad
- Memphis Depay started on the bench as Barcelona lost El Clasico to Real Madrid
- The Netherlands forward moved to Barca in June but has been linked with an exit
- New boss Xavi preferred Luuk de Jong in the Super Cup and his faith was repaid
- Barca signed Ferran Torres from Man City in December and have a vast wage bill
Netherlands forward Depay has been prolific in La Liga, scoring eight times in 16 matches courtesy of an early-season run of good form that he has not come close to since new boss Xavi arrived in November.
Xavi’s faith in one of Depay’s international teammates, Luuk de Jong, has paid off in recent weeks.
Barcelona boss Xavi (right) is reportedly considering letting Memphis Depay leave the club
Fellow Netherlands forward Luuk de Jong scored Barcelona’s opener in their Super Cup defeat
De Jong scored when he started at Mallorca in Barcelona’s first game of 2022 and found the net again at Granada six days later to earn the Spanish giants a point.
The on-loan Sevilla striker started the Super Cup against arch-enemies Madrid on Wednesday and launched a spirited Barca comeback by scoring their first equaliser in the thrilling 3-2 defeat in extra time.
Depay played for 42 minutes after emerging from the bench as he continues his return from a hamstring injury in the hope of becoming a less peripheral figure than he has been since the end of November.
With reported debts of £1.15billion in August, Barca are under pressure to reduced their wage bill if Xavi wants to change his squad.
Depay entered the action as a substitute but could not emulate De Jong’s goalscoring form
The arrival of Ferran Torres for £55million from Manchester City at the end of 2021 will not have eased their financial situation, and Depay is thought to be among the top earners at the club.
Juventus are the frontrunners to sign the former Manchester United star, according to Sport.
The outlet claims that Depay, who left Lyon last summer, could attempt to sign Depay on an initial six-month loan.
The deal could see Juve forward Alvaro Morata move in the opposite direction, with Xavi said to hold an ‘active interest’ in the Italy international.