Noted transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has given his thoughts on claims that Tottenham Hotspur could make a move for Memphis Depay, writes the TIF.
The Dutch forward, currently at Barcelona, is currently into the final 18 months of his contract at Camp Nou, meaning that the La Liga side might look to move him on in the summer rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.
Reports in Spain hint that might indeed be the case, before noting that “some Premier League clubs, with Tottenham topping the list, are interested in signing him”.
The 28-year-old has already had a stint in the Premier League, a rather disappointing spell with Manchester United between 2015 and 2017, but has really lit it up since then, scoring double digits in all competitions in each of the last four seasons at Lyon, and has already broken that mark this year for Barcelona.
However, speaking on the latest edition of the Here We Go podcast, Romano claimed the reports coming out of Spain might not be 100% true, and given the other players that are currently at the club, he isn’t a player that Tottenham are necessarily desperate to get.
He said: “There are still some rumours about Memphis Depay, many rumours coming from Spain for Memphis Depay to Tottenham. But again, what I’m told is that there is no proposal from Tottenham, it’s something they’re not discussing now. It’s not a priority for Tottenham.
“Because [Dejan] Kulusevski will, of course, stay next season and is a player they’re super happy with. Also, Son [Heung-min], of course, is a player that is part of the project, so for Tottenham, at the moment, Depay is not a priority.”
Romano’s comments do make a lot of sense, especially when you consider the part about Dejan Kulusevski, who has taken like a duck to water to life in north London with two goals and four assists in his first 11 games for the club, and on the other side, Son Heung-min has been incredibly reliable for Spurs over the years.
So it seems hard to picture Depay, valued at £40.5m on Transfermarkt, getting in ahead of either of them, especially if he can’t adjust to the Premier League once again, so why would the club go out and spend a fortune on the Dutchman for him to just sit on the bench for the majority of the time?