Memphis Depay’s decision to miss Barcelona training has raised many eyebrows this evening at Camp Nou. But the club will not sanction the Dutchman, knowing he is close to joining Atletico Madrid.
Following a slew of reports from the local Spanish media over Depay’s potential switch to the Civitas Metropolitano, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has now chimed in on the situation.
The Italian journalist suggests Atletico Madrid are merely a step away from confirming the signing of Depay. They are currently in advanced talks with Barcelona over a transfer that could be worth around €3 million.
Depay, for his part, has agreed personal terms with Atleti as well. The Colchoneros, in fact, were the only club the Dutchman wanted to join, even amid interest from Italian giants Inter Milan and Turkish club Galatasaray.
The €3 million fee for Depay might seem meagre from Barcelona’s perspective. But the Catalans were holding out for a larger amount, somewhere close to €6-7 million. Atletico, though, did not budge.
Ultimately the parties are now on the verge of agreeing to terms worth around €3 million, with Atletico Madrid unwilling to pay much for a player whose contract at Camp Nou expires at the end of the season.
If everything goes smoothly, Depay may soon complete his medical at the Metropolitano over the coming hours.
The Dutch international will join the list of players moving from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid in recent years, with the list also including the likes of Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
From a sporting perspective, Depay is expected to serve as a direct replacement for Joao Felix, who joined Chelsea on a loan deal earlier this month.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo