Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claims Barcelona cannot afford Memphis Depay

Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed Josep Bartomeu has told him the La Liga club cannot afford to buy Memphis Depay.

Barcelona have been heavily linked with the former Manchester United star as new manager Ronald Koeman looks to overhaul his squad in the coming weeks.

However, despite Depay being available for a rumoured €30m, due to his contract expiring in July 2021, Aulas is confident he will stay in France.

The 71-year old responded to an article from De Telegraaf on Depay’s links to the Camp Nou, stating his opposite number Bartomeu has informed him they are unable to raise the funds for a bid.

However, despite Aulas’ strong indication over the rumours, a report from Diario AS claims Barcelona could generate the money for a move if they sell certain players before the end of October.

Arrturo Vidal has been strongly linked with a move to Serie A giants Inter Milan, with Luis Suarez still on the radar of defending Italian champions Juventus.

 

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