Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has made it clear he wants to sign Memphis Depay this season, and his resolve may have strengthened after seeing the Netherlands international hit an impressive landmark on Sunday.
Depay notched three assists in Lyon’s 3-2 Ligue 1 win over Strasbourg to become the first player in Europe to notch an impressive landmark in 2020-21.
Memphis Depay is the first player in Europe’s top five divisions this season to score a hat-trick of goals and provide a hat-trick of assists:
⚽️⚽️⚽️ vs. Dijon
🅰️🅰️🅰️ vs. Strasbourg
Get a forward that can do both. pic.twitter.com/17a0LZaKjH
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 18, 2020
It was some first-half performance from Depay:
Memphis Depay’s first half vs. Strasbourg by numbers:
85% pass accuracy
3 successful take-ons
3 chances created
Phenomenal. 🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/4eEoPHcg9k
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) October 18, 2020
The 26-year-old previously scored a hat-trick on the opening day of the league season back in August when he scored three times in a win over Dijon.
Depay now has four goals and three assists in seven league outings for Rudi Garcia’s side this season. Lyon’s win takes them into seventh place in the table, just five points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
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Koeman Wants Depay in January
Barcelona failed with a deadline-day move for Depay in the summer transfer window but could return for the forward when the transfer window reopens in January 2021.
Koeman told AD that he still wants the Netherlands international at the Camp Nou and is hoping a deal can be done with Lyon to bring the forward in. Depay’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he can negotiate with clubs in January.
“It’s a possibility. I will try because I want to have him at Barcelona, but I can’t know what the financial situation of the club will be then. We’ll have to wait.”
The Barcelona boss also explained why his team had failed to land Depay over the summer.
“Everything was ready but due to La Liga rules we knew we had to sell a player first. In the end, that didn’t happen. We wanted Memphis because he’s a great player and because he’s got qualities that I think we lack, including an ability to play with depth in his game.”
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