AS Roma doesn’t want to sign the £159,000-per-week FC Barcelona star

AS Roma doesn't want to sign the £159,000-per-week FC Barcelona star

The financial constraints of the Serie A powerhouse mean that AS Roma cannot accept Memphis Depay in January

In a recent article published in the Spanish newspaper MARCA, it was reported that Memphis Depay has had one possible means of evading Barcelona cut off. The Dutch forward is too expensive for Serie A powerhouse AS Roma to sign in the next January transfer window.

Memphis Depay has an unusual situation on the professional club level. The 28-year-old is at the height of his career, but he isn’t getting nearly enough playing time for FC Barcelona. It’s worth noting that he still tied for first in scoring for Barcelona in his first year. Nonetheless, due to the emergence of other adversaries, the player is no longer of much importance to the Blaugrana.

With just three appearances this season, the Dutchman has logged a total of 131 minutes of playing time. That’s less game time than Depay had in a month when playing for the Netherlands in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The former Manchester United forward is willing to leave Barcelona in the new year. And it seemed like a move to AS Roma in Serie A was on the cards.

However, Jose Mourinho’s assault is lacking in dependable options. The Roma boss, in particular, needs to bring in more wide attackers, as the erratic Stephan El Shaarawy is now his team’s sole viable alternative. In light of this, Depay has been an attractive option for the Giallorossi in recent weeks.

It was reportedly reported not long ago that negotiations between Depay’s camp and AS Roma had progressed. The Serie A powerhouses have contacted Barcelona over a possible January transfer. Because of his high salary, however, they have decided to discontinue their pursuit of the 28-year-old for the time being.

The January transfer window is too costly for the Serie A powerhouses to capture Depay. Meanwhile, the Dutch assailant is in a bind as to where he should strike next. Apparently, no major European players are interested in signing the Barcelona attacker, at least according to the report.

But it has been reported that Arsenal is considering making a bid to sign the youngster. There have been rumours that many more Premier League teams are interested in signing Depay. As a result, the January transfer window presents an intriguing possibility of a return to England for the Dutchman.

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