‘He wouldn’t take it if he was leaving’: Memphis Depay handed No 10 shirt by Lyon as fans interpret switch from No 11 as a hint he will STAY amid interest in £28m winger from Barcelona and AC Milan
- Depay wore the new shirt number in Friday night’s goalless draw with Nimes
- Lyon fans believe his switch from No 11 is a sign he will stay with the club
- Barcelona and AC Milan have been linked with the Holland international winger
- But Barca boss Ronald Koeman has been told players must be sold first
New arrival Tino Kadewere has been given Depay’s old No 11 shirt.
Lyon fans believe Memphis Depay will stay at the club after swapping shirt numbers to No 10
The Dutch winger wore the No 10 shirt for the first time as Lyon were held goalless by Nimes
Lyon fans interpreted the switch as an indication Depay isn’t on the move, the logic being that he wouldn’t request a change of number if he was planning to leave.
The former Manchester United player, 26, has been linked with a move to Barcelona, where compatriot Ronald Koeman has taken over as manager.
But Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed that his counterpart at Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, told him they can’t afford Depay’s £28million asking price.
Koeman has been told he must sell players to raise the funds to sign him.
Lyon value Depay at £28m and the winger has attracted interest from Barcelona and AC Milan
Depay wore the No 11 shirt for Lyon until Friday night’s game and fans now think he’s staying
Lyon fans reacted to the shirt number announcement with delight on Twitter
And Spanish newspaper Diario AS reported that Milan have consequently overtaken Barcelona in the race for Depay.
Stefano Pioli’s side are interested in bringing Depay, who is in the last year of his deal, to the club in exchange for Lucas Paqueta.
Depay has no intent on extending his current deal which expires in July 2021, while Paqueta is currently under control until 2023.
However, the shirt number switch, which comes about with previous owner of the No 10 shirt Bertrand Traore on his way out, suggests Depay could see out the final year.