Roma “join Juventus in the race to sign Barcelona striker Memphis Depay… as the underdog Dutchman looks set to leave Camp Nou having played just 131 minutes of football for the Catalan giants so far seasonal”.
Italian giants AS Roma have joined Juventus in the race to sign Barcelona outcast Memphis Depay, according to reports.
The Dutch striker joined the Catalan team in the summer of 2021 for free after the end of his contract with Lyon.
He scored 13 times in 38 games for Barcelona last season, but has fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou and finds himself behind other attacking players such as Ousmane Dembele, Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati.
Barcelona striker Memphis Depay is linked with a move to Serie A sides Juventus and Roma
Depay had been widely linked with a move to Juventus over the summer, as the Catalan giants looked to move him in their mad rush to register their summer signings ahead of the new campaign.
According to Italian set calcium mercatoJosé Mourinho’s Roma have now joined their Serie A rivals in the race for Depay.
Following Juventus’ poor start to the season, which has seen them fall out of the Champions League and sit in seventh place in the Italian league, Max Allegri’s side are still keen to add advancement options to their squad.
Roma, meanwhile, currently sit bottom of the Champions League in fourth place, although they face elimination from the Europa League with a decider against Bulgarian side Ludogorets on Thursday to decide who will progress from their group.
Both teams are tied on seven points, but Ludogorets have the best head-to-head record, beating the Italian side 2-1 in Bulgaria on the first day of the competition, and Mourinho’s men want to add the Dutch attacker to their squad.
Both José Mourinho and Max Allegri are keen to add the Dutch striker to their squads.
Depay has played just 131 minutes of football this season for Barcelona, scoring one goal.
Depay is currently absent with a thigh injury, although he had only played 131 minutes for the club in three appearances for the club, scoring just once, in a 3-0 win over Elche in LaLiga in September.
The former PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United striker has had a rough patch in Xavi’s side, scoring 14 goals and adding two assists in 41 games since joining Barcelona.
Depay is expected to be a key man for the Netherlands at this month’s World Cup, having scored 42 goals in 80 appearances for his national team.
Louis Van Gaal’s side take on Qatar, Ecuador and Senegal in their first finals appearance since 2014.