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Arsenal and Man Utd interested in cut-price transfer for Barcelona striker

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ARSENAL and Manchester United are reportedly interested in a January move for Barcelona striker Memphis Depay. The 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and could be available for a cut-price fee. 1Memphis Depay could return to the Premier League this monthCredit: Getty Arsenal are on the lookout for a replacement for the injured Gabriel Jesus, while United are desperate to strengthen in attack after sacking Cristiano Ronaldo. And both clubs have sounded out Depay’s representatives to discuss a potential move, according to Spanish outlet Sport. While the same publication claim both Chelsea and Newcastle are also interested in the Dutch striker. Barcelona boss Xavi has declared he doesn’t want anyone to leave this month, but Depay has featured just twice in La Liga all season. It’s reported a meeting with Barca chiefs is scheduled this month to decide his future. The Spaniards will only let Depay leave if they receive a transfer fee, despite him being out of contract in the summer. Sport say Depay is not the first choice for all of those clubs, but limited options in the January window mean they could be forced to swoop for him. Depay himself is said to want a stunning return to Old Trafford. Most read in Football FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS – BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS The forward initially joined the Red Devils from PSV in the summer of 2015, before leaving 18 months later for Ligue 1 side Lyon. He made 53 appearances for United, scoring just seven times and laying on six assists. Depay then moved on to Barcelona in the summer of 2021. And despite being firmly out of favour this season, boss Xavi wants the Dutchman to stay put. When quizzed on Depay’s future recently, he said: “I don’t want anyone to leave. I’m delighted with the squad. “It seems there won’t be a market for us. I’m happy with Depay.”

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