Memphis can be the key that opens the door to Morata

The Barcelona is still looking for the formula that allows him to sign Alvaro Morata before the end of the winter market. There are still more than two weeks to go until January 31, but the hyperactive Matthew German he wants to accelerate the operation that will allow him to recruit the striker who has asked him Xavi Hernandez. Among the possible caroms that you see Morata of azulgrana, one that involves a new name gains strength: Memphis Depay.

The Dutch striker arrived free at Camp Nou last summer after completing a wonderful season in the Lyon Olympics. He signed a contract for only two seasons, a duration that made him more the owner of his future, although there is a possibility that he will not even finish the first. This hypothesis was inconceivable in the first weeks of the course, when he was the leader in the project of Ronald Koeman, but its status has been distorted with the arrival of Xavi.

With the always symbolic 9 on his back, Memphis He has scored eight goals with the Barça shirt, but the last one dates back to November 27. A muscle injury that has made him miss several games has not helped, but that does not obscure a reality: Luke de Jong has passed him on the right. His compatriot has scored in the last three games against Mallorca, Granada and Real Madrid and its ownership in Classic, with Depay already healthy, it sounded like a knock from Xavi.

In addition, it is noteworthy that Memphis removed a few days ago all reference to Barcelona in their social networks. It may be a trivial detail, but it may also not be… Impossible to know because the player hasn’t opened his mouth lately either. The only sure thing is that, with the recovery of Ansu Fati, the signing of Ferran Torres and the resurrection of a Luke de Jong who seemed defenestrated a couple of weeks ago, have complicated his situation.

Juventus and Atlético ‘pass’ Morata

At the same time, the Juventus share the hardships of Barça: he is not performing at the expected level this season -he also just lost the Italian Super Cup– and he is on the move with his forwards, even more so after the serious knee injury of Federico Chiesa, who will miss the rest of the season. All the more reason for the possible exit of Morata necessarily be accompanied by an incorporation in attack.

The Spanish international knows that ‘Juve’ will not exercise the purchase option to keep him next summer. This is how the Turin club has communicated it to him and for that reason he sees with good eyes a possible arrival at Barça. From a distance, the Athletic, which also does not have Morata for 2022-23, he remains very attentive to the future of a player whose rights still belong to him. It’s time for carambola.

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