A transfer blow for FC Barcelona as the Spanish Football Association RFEF have not given permission to the club to complete the transfer of Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon. According to De Telegraaf, the Catalan club does not meet the conditions set by the Spanish government to apply for a financial support package due to the coronacrisis. It has been claimed that the Spanish RFEF are not giving permission to Barcelona to complete the transfer any time soon. The club have therefore postponed the confirmation of Depay until at least next week.
The Dutch newspaper confirmed that Barcelona and Lyon had reached an agreement on the transfer fee for Depay. The Spanish club will be paying €25m up front and another €5m next summer. The fee could then potentially rise to €32m through several performance related bonuses. However, the Spanish RFEF is now blocking the transfer and Barcelona will have to sell players first.
Last month the Spanish clubs reached an agreement on a financial support package from the Spanish government following the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. The clubs agreed that a transfer may only be completed if the buying club is able to completely turnover the signing. Meaning that if a club spends €25m they will also have to earn double that fee in player sales.
And Barcelona are ready to sign Depay for a €30m fee, meaning they will have to prove to the Spanish government that they have collected €60m in player sales. And Barcelona are having troubles showing these figures to the Spanish government. This rule was implemented into the support package to prevent clubs using the money from the government on the transfer market.