Barcelona identify swap target amid Atletico Madrid interest in Memphis Depay

The powers that be at Spanish giants Barcelona are ready to make use of the interest of Atletico Madrid in Memphis Depay in an attempt to land a key member of Diego Simeone’s squad.

For those not aware, recent days have seen it widely confirmed that Atleti have set their sights firmly on Depay, as a potential winter addition to the club’s ranks.

This of course comes after the Rojiblancos sanctioned the loan departure of Joao Felix, who has made the move to England with Chelsea for the remainder of the term.

Depay, capable of lining out in a variety of positions across the frontline, and with just six months remaining on his contract in Catalunya, has in turn been identified as the ideal replacement.

Barca, meanwhile, are also understood to be open to the Dutchman’s departure.

This comes with Depay sitting behind the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati in the attacking pecking order of boss Xavi Hernandez.

As alluded to above, though, the Blaugrana have set their sights beyond a simple cash injection by way of Depay’s exit.

Instead, Xavi and co. are eyeing an ambitious swap deal, which would see the Dutch international head to the Wanda Metropolitano, in exchange for Yannick Carrasco.

All associated with Barca are understood to be keen admirers of Carrasco’s talents, with the La Liga table-toppers, as a result, having proposed a trade to bring the versatile wide-man in this month.

It remains to be seen whether such an offer will even be taken into consideration by the board at Atletico, and what kind of sum would be required on top of Depay’s signature.

Diario Sport, though, assure that ‘Xavi would be very satisfied if he had a player like the Belgian in the coming months’.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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