Xavi Hernandez has judiciously used most of his resources this season, shuffling his cards adequately and ensuring his players are fresh. However, one player who has not seen many minutes this season even off the bench is Memphis Depay.
According to reports from Javi Miguel of AS, the Dutchman will officially be up for sale after Barcelona’s game against Getafe on January 22. However, it will only be possible if the player wishes to leave the club too.
Depay has only played 131 minutes across all competitions this season, scoring one goal in the process. The only outfield player with fewer minutes is Pablo Torre and it is clear that Xavi does not see the Dutch International as part of his plans.
It has been reported that the player’s handling of his injury earlier this season catalyzed the talks of his departure. Though initially diagnosed with a minor strain, Depay sat on the sidelines for close to three weeks after the expected recovery time.
Moreover, his contract expires in the summer and he has not shown anything to warrant an extension. Since Barcelona do not want to lose him on a free transfer, the coming winter window would appear to be the best time to part ways with Depay.
The Catalans do not expect to recoup much funds from his sale and will be satisfied with any number north of €5 million. Given that the former Lyon captain signed on a free transfer, the Blaugrana do not stand to lose even with a low transfer fee. Further, the reduced wage bill will be a big positive.