KEY POINTS

  • Barcelona has been linked to Lyon’s Memphis Depay
  • Lyon sporting director Juninho said Depay might leave the club soon
  • Depay has made 144 appearances for Lyon, scoring 58 goals

Lyon sporting director Juninho Pernambucano shared that Memphis Depay is close to securing a transfer to Barcelona.

"Memphis? He is in his last year of contract. He agreed with Barca. Maybe he will leave tomorrow, but nothing is certain," Juninho told Telefoot.

Barcelona has said in the past that the club will make prudent decisions regarding its finances. The organization has been on a rebuild ever since the sacking of manager Quique Setien earlier this year.

Several player movements have happened in the past few months for Barca, with key stars Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic exiting the club. With everything that has been happening in the football scene, Juninho said Depay is expected to leave and join the Camp Nou side, though he also hopes the forward would remain at Lyon.

"He's most likely to leave, but if he stays I hope he will help us win the matches," Juninho added.

Throughout Depay’s career, he’s been a consistent force on the field as a left-winger. The 26-year-old transferred from Manchester United to suit up for Les Gones in 2017 where he’s appeared in 144 matches. In his stay with the Kids, he’s netted 58 goals and tallied 43 assists.

If the deal pushes through, it will be Depay’s second stint with Barca manager Ronald Koeman as they have worked together in the Netherlands national team.

In the case of Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Juninho emphasized that they don’t see him leaving Lyon anytime soon.

"Jeff and Depay, they're two different cases. Jeff, we never thought about parting with him. You have to ask him the question. He didn't agree with Hertha [Berlin]," Juninho added.

To prepare for the possible loss of Depay, Juninho shared that Lyon is eyeing Juventus full-back Mattia De Sciglio, Goal reported.

"We talk to him. Rudi [Garcia] asked. We are making efforts to give him the player," Juninho said.

"Negotiations are advanced, but it is not 100%. But maybe it will happen tomorrow," he continued.

Olympique Lyonnais is currently at 14th place in France’s Ligue 1 table. The club's next matchup is set on Oct. 18 against Strasbourg.

Memphis Depay's late goal took Lyon through to the last 16 as the French side drew 2-2 with RB Leipzig Memphis Depay's late goal took Lyon through to the last 16 as the French side drew 2-2 with RB Leipzig Photo: AFP / JEFF PACHOUD