It is an open secret that Atletico need to sign a striker. According to the football transfer rumours in Spanish media, Atletico Madrid are set to sign Barcelona striker Memphis Depay. He has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The Netherlands international joined Barcelona from Lyon on a free transfer in July 2021. His contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
The striker has featured in four matches for Barcelona this term, netting one goal in all competitions.
Depay has also left his mark at the international stage after netting 43 goals in 86 senior appearances for the Netherlands national team.
The striker’s contract at Barcelona is about to expire in five months and a number of clubs are said to be monitoring his situation, with Atletico showing the most concrete interest in an attempt to lure the player to their team.
The Netherlands international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of striker Diego Simeone wants to target in the winter transfer window.
The former Lyon man is a dynamic striker, who possesses good technical skills and ball control. His finishing abilities when in and around the box will come as a massive asset to Simeone’s side.
World Football Rumours
According to the report, “Atletico Madrid are in talks for Barcelona striker Memphis Depay. AS says Atlético are interested in signing Depay, who has lost his place in the Barcelona starting eleven with the signing of Robert Lewandowski. This season Depay has played in just two La Liga games and only 15 minutes in the Champions League. Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres, two wide players, are preferred by head coach Xavi. The Blaugrana were willing to offload the 28-year-old last summer, but he stayed put at Camp Nou. A move away looks favourable for all parties with Depay’s deal with the Spanish Super Cup winners expiring on 30 June 2023.”
If Atletico can agree on a fee with Barcelona, the deal should be easy to complete.
Good signing for Atletico Madrid?
If Depay is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Atletico.
A move to Atletico Madrid is exactly what Memphis Depay needs to reignite his career, and we hope he is able to do just that.
It will be interesting to see where the player ends up this winter.
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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.