Depay negotiating Barcelona exit with Dutch forward open to Juventus transfer

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GOAL can confirm that Barcelona forward Memphis Depay is negotiating his departure from Camp Nou with Juventus currently best placed to sign the Dutchman. The Serie A club are considering whether to make a move for Depay, who is now surplus to requirements for the Blaugrana.

Juventus would likely be able to sign the attacker on a free transfer as Barcelona look to offload players to ease their financial difficulties and register new signings such as Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde.

Will Depay join Juventus?

The former Manchester United forward and his representatives are expected to meet with Juventus officials to discuss potential terms.

The outcome of these negotiations will likely decide Depay's future, but Juventus are believed to be admirers of the Netherlands international and could offer him a two-year contract.

GOAL understands that Depay would be open to joining the Bianconeri, and he could be the next man through the doors at the Allianz Stadium once they finalise a deal for Eintracht Frankfurt's Filip Kostic.

Why do Barcelona need to sell players?

Barcelona have put Depay at the top of a growing transfer list as they attempt to reduce their wage bill.

The arrival of Lewandowski also means the 28-year-old would be limited for game time at the Catalan club this season.

There are hopes at Barcelona that upwards of €100 million (£84m/$102m) can be raised from player sales, with Frenkie de Jong still the subject of interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.

The departures will allow the club to take a small bite out of the €1.3 billion debt accumulated over recent years.

The likes of Martin Braithwaite, Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti could also be sacrificed as Xavi trims down his squad for the new season.