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Depay slipping through Barcelona’s grasp as Lyon propose Milan swap

Lyon are considering including Barcelona target Memphis Depay in a deal to bring Lucas Paqueta to France from AC Milan, according to a report.

Depay’s future has become a hot topic of debate in recent weeks due to his contractual situation.

The Dutchman has entered the final year of his deal, meaning Lyon could offer the winger in a cut-price deal. What’s more, Barcelona have reportedly made their interest in a swoop known.

Head coach Ronald Koeman is a firm admirer of his compatriot but has insisted that his side must sell before they can buy.

According to Gianluca di Marzio, however, Barca may lose out on the chance to sign Depay.

The reporter (via MilanNews) has revealed that Lyon remain keen to sign Milan attacking midfielder Paqueta.

Several reports have linked the Brazilian attacking midfielder with a move away from San Siro. He was one of the club’s few players who did not enjoy a resurgence in form after the coronavirus lockdown.

Although, that has not deterred Lyon, who are willing to offer Depay in the deal.

Di Marzio adds, however, that it remains unclear whether Milan would accept the proposal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already shown good form at the start of the season and does not want to be a bench player.

Indeed, the Sweden legend scored on Thursday as Milan beat Shamrock Rovers 2-0 in Europa League qualifying.

Depay, meanwhile, has shown a resurgence since leaving Manchester United in 2017.

The Lyon captain impressed throughout in his side’s stunning run to the Champions League semi-finals last season. Like Ibrahimovic, the Dutchman has also produced a solid start to the new campaign, scoring four goals in three Ligue 1 games.

BARCA OFFER MAN UTD PRICE FOR DEMBELE

One player Barcelona could look to offload in a bid to raise funds is winger Ousmane Dembele.

Injuries have hampered the Frenchman’s progress in Spain since his 2017 move from Borussia Dortmund.

Now, United – who are in search of a wide player – have reportedly been quoted a fee for the player.

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