Xavi could let Memphis Depay leave Barcelona just six months after he joined the club as Dutch team-mate Luuk de Jong earns his trust with three goals in three games and a £55 million signing Ferran Torres who joins the club
- Memphis Depay started on the bench when Barcelona lost El Clasico to Real Madrid
- The Dutch attacker moved to Barca in June but is linked with an exit
- New boss Xavi preferred Luuk de Jong in the Super Cup and his faith was repaid
- Barca took Ferran Torres from Man City in December and have a huge wage bill
According to reports, Barcelona striker Memphis Depay could be heading for the exit just six months after the Dutch striker joined the club.
Dutch forward Depay has been prolific in La Liga, scoring eight times in 16 games thanks to good form at the start of the season that he hasn’t come close since the arrival of new boss Xavi in November.
Xavi’s confidence in one of Depay’s international teammates, Luuk de Jong, has paid off in recent weeks.
Barcelona boss Xavi (right) is reportedly considering letting Memphis Depay leave the club
Countryman Luuk de Jong scored Barcelona’s opener in their Super Cup defeat
De Jong scored when he started on Mallorca in Barcelona’s first game of 2022 and found the net again six days later in Granada to give the Spanish giants a point.
The hired Sevilla striker started the Super Cup against arch-enemies Madrid on Wednesday and launched a spirited comeback for Barcelona by scoring their first equalizer in a thrilling 3-2 loss in extra time.
Depay played 42 minutes after coming off the bench as he returns from a hamstring injury in the hopes of becoming a less peripheral figure than he has been since late November.
With reported debts of £1.15bn in August, Barça are under pressure to cut their wage bill if Xavi wants to change his team.
Depay came into action as a substitute, but was unable to match De Jong’s goal form
The arrival of Ferran Torres for £55million from Manchester City at the end of 2021 will not have eased their financial situation, and Depay is considered one of the top earners at the club.
Juventus are frontrunners to sign former Manchester United star, according to Sport.
The outlet claims that Depay, who left Lyon last summer, could try to sign Depay on an initial six-month loan.
The deal could see Juve move Alvaro Morata in the opposite direction, with Xavi saying he has an “active interest” in the Italy international.