Napoli and Juventus Emerge Frontrunners for Dutchman Depay

Barcelona striker Memphis Depay chose to go to Spain despite of interest from heavyweights from across Europe. The former Lyon talisman moved as a free agent on a two-year contract after his deal with the French club expired at the start of the current season.

He is now the subject of a latest bid from ex-Juventus and current Tottenham Hotspur director Fabio Paratici, the details of which are unknown.

The 28-year-old might just leave the Blaugrana after less than one year in the north of Spain, most likely due to falling down Xavi Hernandez’s pecking order following the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adama Traore and Ferran Torres from the Premier League.

Napoli have emerged as suitors for the Dutchman’s services, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, alongside Inter, Milan and Juventus. Among the Italian clubs, it is the Bianconeri and Partenopei who are likely contenders to bag the ex-PSV Eindhoven forward’s services.

Luciano Spalletti’s team are preparing to lose two of their star forwards in Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne, with the latter having already signed a long term deal with MLS outfit Toronto FC. Depay’s arrival could indicate a shift in Napoli’s attacking outlook.

On the other hand, Juventus and Barcelona have already pondered involving Alvaro Morata and Depay in a swap deal. However, Xavi’s side are still said to be interested in Morata.

However, contrasting reports from Spain indicate that Barcelona are planning to extend Depay’s contract this summer to keep him at the club for a few more years.

The former Manchester United striker already has 10 goals in 29 appearances for the Catalan side.