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Barcelona 'open to summer offers for Memphis Depay'

Barcelona 'open to summer offers for Memphis Depay'
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Barcelona will listen to any offers that arrive for Memphis Depay this summer, according to a report.

Barcelona are reportedly open to offers for Memphis Depay this summer but are yet to make a final decision on the Netherlands international's future.

The 28-year-old, who moved to Camp Nou on a free transfer last year after running down his contract at Lyon, scored 13 times and contributed two assists in 38 appearances for his Catalan club last term.

Memphis's current deal is due to expire next June, though, and there has been a host of speculation surrounding his future in recent weeks, with Barcelona planning to further improve their attack this summer.

Arsenal have been credited with an interest in the Dutchman, while a number of other clubs are believed to be keeping a close eye on the developments.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Memphis's advisors met with Barcelona on Monday to discuss the possibility of a new contract at Camp Nou.

Memphis Depay in action for the Netherlands in October 2021© Reuters

Romano claims that the attacker is happy at Barcelona and wants to sign a new deal, but the Catalan giants are keeping 'all options open' and will listen to any offers that arrive.

"I came here wanting to play for the team. I want to be important for the team next year and for several more years," Memphis told reporters when questioned on his future towards the end of last season.

The forward scored 12 times and registered two assists in 28 La Liga appearances last term, but he found it difficult to make his mark in Europe, failing to score in six Champions League outings before netting only once in three fixtures in the Europa League.

Memphis had been a key player for Barcelona in the first half of the campaign, but he struggled with a hamstring problem towards the end of 2021 before picking up an Achilles issue, while the January additions of Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore restricted his game time.

The Dutchman did feature in Barcelona's final six league matches of the campaign, though, finding the back of the net against Mallorca and Celta Vigo.

Barcelona's Memphis Depay on September 14, 2021© Reuters

A recent report claimed that the Catalan side want Memphis to do a full pre-season before making a decision on his future, and Ansu Fati's fitness, in addition to their moves in the transfer market, will have roles to play.

Ousmane Dembele could leave on a free transfer at the end of the month, while Martin Braithwaite is believed to be available for transfer, having struggled for action upon his return from injury.

Barcelona have the option to sign Traore on a permanent basis from Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer, but it appears likely that he will be heading back to his parent club.

The Catalan giants continue to work on a deal for Robert Lewandowski, although it is understood that they are still some way short of Bayern Munich's asking price for the Poland international.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are believed to have already secured deals for Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie on free transfers this summer, with announcements likely to arrive at the end of the month.

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