Romano hints at ‘last-minute solution’ for Depay with Chelsea identified as ‘possible destination’

Date published: Thursday 1st September 2022 8:41 - Lewis Oldham

Romano speaks on Depay

Fabrizio Romano has hinted that Memphis Depay may end up leaving Barcelona and Chelsea have been identified by someone else as a “possible destination”.

Depay finds himself in a tough spot at Barcelona. He performed well for them at the start of last season but he lost his place to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his move to Spain from Arsenal.

Now Barcelona have a new favourite toy as Robert Lewandowski has signed for them this summer from Bayern Munich.

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This transfer leaves Aubameyang and Depay down the pecking order and both have been heavily linked with moves elsewhere.

Aubameyang looks set to get a move as he is currently undergoing a medical ahead of his permanent switch to Chelsea.

The forward is joining them as part of a cash-plus-player deal involving Marcos Alonso. He is set to pen a one-year deal and this will include an option for a further season.

Barcelona have managed to bring someone in themselves while this has been going on as Hector Bellerin has signed for them on a free transfer from Arsenal.

Depay’s situation is yet to be resolved, though. He will no doubt want to play regularly with the winter World Cup in Qatar now only a couple of months away.

With Aubameyang leaving, it did seem that Depay would be made to stay. But Fabrizio Romano is now reporting that a ‘last-minute solution’ is now possible.

The journalist has informed people to ‘keep an eye on Depay’ as his camp are ‘working’ to get him a move before Thursday night’s deadline.

A separate report from Gerard Romero revealed on Thursday afternoon that Chelsea are a ‘possible destination’ for Depay after the player ‘asked to leave’ Barcelona.

So two forward could be coming in at Chelsea and they are also set to sign a midfielder from Juventus.

This is because they have ‘reached a total agreement’ to sign Denis Zakaria on loan from the Serie A giants.

The 25-year-old has had his medical and Chelsea will have an option to buy him next summer.


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