Barcelona striker’s exit is paralyzed due to salary demands

Less than 48 hours ago, Memphis Depay seemed all set to join Juventus after reaching an agreement with Barcelona over the termination of his contract.

Reports had claimed that the Netherlands international had already agreed a two-year deal with Juventus and with the Catalans agreeing to his contract termination, a transfer looked imminent.

However, according to the latest reports coming out of Italy, that might not be the case as Juventus are having second thoughts about going ahead with their move to sign Memphis Depay.

Indeed, Tuttosport is reporting that Juventus are reconsidering their stance on the potential capture of Depay from Barcelona due to his increased wage demands.

Reports previously indicated that the 28-year-old had agreed to a contract worth €5 million per year. However, his lawyer, Sebastian Ledure flew to Turin this past weekend after reaching an agreement with Barcelona and presented the Bianconeri with increased wage demands.

The report states that Depay is now seeking a two-year contract worth €7 million per year plus bonuses, with an option of an additional twelve months.

Instead of just giving in to his demands, Juventus are taking their time to assess all their options. Olympique Marseille’s Arkadiusz Milik has emerged as an option for Massimiliano Allegri’s side while they are also looking at Bologna’s veteran forward Marko Arnautovic.

Juventus are scheduled to play Sampdoria later tonight following which there could be a meeting between Allegri, Pavel Nedved, Federico Cherubini and Maurizio Arrivabene. A decision on their next move will be taken after discussions are held.

Until that point, Depay’s move to the Allianz Stadium hangs in the balance and while it has not entirely collapsed, there is a chance that Juventus might decide to take a different route, leaving the Dutchman in limbo.

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