Olympique Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has blasted the rumours that Memphis Depay would be close to completing a transfer to FC Barcelona. Several reports on Tuesday claimed that the Dutch international could be announced as a new Barcelona player before the end of the week after Lyon and Barcelona reached an agreement on a €30m deal.
Depay has been put on the bench for Lyon’s Ligue 1 match against Montpellier on Tuesday and that immediately fired up the rumours that a deal could be close. However, Aulas posted a message on Twitter and makes it clear that a transfer isn’t close at all. “The president of Barcelona has told me on Sunday that they are suffering from the coronacrisis and that it isn’t possible for them to make an offer for Depay.”
With these comments Aulas has blasted the Dutch media, who were certain that a deal between Lyon and Barcelona was close. De Telegraaf even claimed that Lyon and Barcelona agreed to spread the transfer fee over two terms and agreed on a performance related bonus of €2m. Earlier on the day the news by De Telegraaf was already marked as ‘fake news’ by several Spanish media, including Sport which is a well-respected news outlet when it comes to news on Barcelona.
Memphis kost Barcelona 30 miljoen euro | Voetbal | https://t.co/ENn92q9lkf @ol @Le_Progres Le président du Barça m’a indiqué dès dimanche que le Barça souffrait beaucoup d la crise du Covid et n’avait pas de possibilité de faire une offre.#memphis https://t.co/R1eGdE276j
— Jean-Michel AULAS (@JM_Aulas) September 15, 2020