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.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.