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Barcelona already open to selling Memphis Depay

Tom Gott
Memphis could be sold in January
Memphis could be sold in January / Alex Caparros/GettyImages
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Barcelona will consider selling Dutch striker Memphis Depay at the end of the season, with new coach Xavi eyeing a full rebuild in attack.

Memphis is Barcelona's top scorer this season, having netted eight times in La Liga so far. Ansu Fati is the only other player to have scored more than three.

The Dutchman's importance to the team is clear, particularly following Sergio Aguero's forced retirement due to a heart condition, but AS claim that those inside Camp Nou are already considering selling Memphis when the campaign comes to a close.

Memphis, who only arrived at Camp Nou as a free agent six months ago, has 18 months left on his contract and the idea of an extension is not currently being discussed. The coming summer will be the last chance to sell the 27-year-old for a decent fee before he can walk away for free in 2023.

However, regardless of his contract situation, it is suggested that Barcelona are ready to replace Memphis altogether. La Blaugrana are already looking at signing Ferran Torres from Manchester City - 90min understands an agreement is close - and their optimistic hopes of signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund are well-known.

Even if they do not land Haaland, Memphis could still be on his way out of Barcelona, alongside others like Philippe Coutinho and perhaps even Ousmane Dembele, who continues to stall on signing a new contract at Camp Nou.

With Memphis out injured, Xavi was forced to use 22-year-old Barcelona B winger Ferran Jutgla in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Elche, with the Spaniard heading home the opening goal of the game.

When asked whether Jutgla's performance was what Xavi wants from his striker, the boss responded (via AS): "What we want at a tactical level is to attack spaces. Ferran is a forward who is more extreme than a stereotypical striker but he attacks well and leaves space.

"This week, we were preparing motions and movements for that, but the positional game did not carry over into the match and that surprises me, and we went back to our old ways for his goal. It's a shame. We need more time."

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