Memphis Depay is on the verge of signing a two-year contract with FC Barcelona, which, according to rumors, will be non-optional. Initially, there was speculation of a three-year deal similar to the one offered to Georginio Wijnaldum by Barça. Only until the end of the year will the forward’s wish for a contract be granted. After the World Cup in Qatar in 2022-23.
As a result, the deal between Barça and Depay will not include an optional season. This will give him the flexibility to negotiate an extension later, provided that he feels at comfortable at the Camp Nou. The Catalan club has accepted the attacker’s wishes, amidst the fact that he has turned down better offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain in recent days.
Memphis endeared the idea of playing under Ronald Koeman, and will be doing so at Barcelona. However, he understands that things could change with regard to Koeman’s position if the results don’t go as planned. With this deal, Depay would always have the upper hand, allowing him to make decisions based on his own interests rather than being bound by a long contract that would put him at a disadvantage. He was able to ensure this condition of signing only for two years because he was transferred for free.
If things do not go as planned at Barça over the next two seasons, Depay will be free to choose his future with 29 years on the clock and a clear route in his career ahead of him. As a result, he will have been paid a wage that is commensurate with Barcelona’s financial situation. He would always have the option of looking for a way out and securing a transfer bonus with another club that wasn’t obligated to provide a transfer bonus.
Barça, for one, are pleased with Depay’s allegiance to the club since October, which he has not broken. Meanwhile, Wijnaldum withdrew after PSG’s final assault, tripling the wage offer; it wasn’t a good look for the Catalans.