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Tottenham linked Memphis Depay closing in on Atletico Madrid move

According to popular Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano (h/t Football. London), Tottenham Hotspur linked Barcelona forward Memphis Depay is closing in on a move to Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

The Dutch versatile forward has struggled for game time at Barcelona under Xavi Herandez. Depay has fallen down the pecking order after the Catalan club signed players like Ferran Torres, Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

Depay is a very talented player in his own right. His quality going forward is undoubted and he is a very consistent goalscorer. He is one of the Netherlands’ best players in the national team and had a great time at Olympique Lyon.

As talented as the Dutchman is, he has not been able to show that quality and convince Xavi. It is not necessarily a reflection of his talent and is more to do with the fact that he is a victim of a system that does not suit him.

To be fair to Depay though, he had a great time in his first season at Barcelona for most parts. He was the first name on the team sheet during Ronald Koeman’s time at the club and it was only then that things started going south.

Tottenham have been linked with a move for Depay. However, it was never full-fledged and did not really reach a stage where there were formal talks. He was in talks with Atletico Madrid and that move seems to be happening now.

Memphis Depay is on his way to Atletico Madrid (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Memphis Depay is on his way to Atletico Madrid (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Diego Simeone’s side loaned the talented Joao Felix to Chelsea for the rest of the season and needed a low-cost option to replace him. Depay is right now the selected choice and let’s see if he can perform there.

Antonio Conte is looking to reinforce the squad depth in the attacking areas but it really does not hurt Tottenham much that they have failed to land Depay. It is highly unlikely that the Dutchman would have accepted a secondary role anyways.

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It remains to be seen who Tottenham chooses to sign for the forward areas. Depay now looks out of the equation and while he could have been a great buy for nothing in transfer fees, we may have to start looking elsewhere.

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