Atletico Madrid remain interested in securing the services of Barcelona forward Memphis Depay, reports Fabrizio Romano, after the player’s lawyer dismissed rumours of a potential move to Inter Milan.
Depay has been on Atletico Madrid’s agenda for the past week or so following the departure of Joao Felix to Chelsea. The 28-year-old has been identified as the ideal replacement for the Portuguese international due to his versatility, experience and availability at a bargain.
However, Barça were initially unwilling to do business with Atletico Madrid as they had reservations about strengthening a direct rival.
But, they would be open to sending Depay to the Civitas Metropolitano if the Rojiblancos offer them Yannick Carrasco in exchange – an operation that the Spanish capital club do not see favourably.
Amidst this, talks of a potential swap deal involving Depay and Inter Milan’s Joaquin Correa started to do the rounds as Barça sought ways to offload the Netherlands international while replacing him with another forward at the same time.
However, Depay’s lawyer, Sebastien Ledure, has quashed those rumours, stating that no discussions are being held for such an operation. As quoted by Romano, he said:
“There are no negotiations ongoing for Memphis to join Inter. I can deny all these links — it’s not a possibility we are discussing.”
This comes as a boost for Atletico Madrid, who still have hopes of signing the former Manchester United forward.
Romano adds that Depay will leave in January and with the Rojiblancos still very much interested, a compromise could be struck between them and Barcelona over a possible transfer in the coming days.
Having parted ways with both Felix and Matheus Cunha this month, Diego Simeone & co. will need to reinforce their frontline. Whether they do that with Depay’s signing or someone else remains to be seen.
Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe
Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.
After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.
And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.
Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.
And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.
Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.
Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.
📋 Nuestra 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮 para mañana 👊 pic.twitter.com/ME1fwfQB6J— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 3, 2023