Memphis Depay exchanges jersey number 9 for ‘special’ number at Barcelona

Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 6:25 PM• Guy Habets • Last update: 18:34

The new jersey number of Memphis Depay at Barcelona has been announced. The attacker, who played shirt number 9 at Camp Nou last season, has now been given number 14. This is according to documentation from LaLiga. Robert Lewandowski is the new player who will play football at Barca with 9 on his back.

It soon became clear that the Polish striker would play with number 9 as a big summer purchase. Memphis also knew that he could not keep ‘his’ number and that a new number would be selected for him. During the exhibition game against the Mexican Pumas UNAM, he entered the field with 25 on his back, but documentation from LaLiga shows that the Orange-international has been assigned number 14. That is of course also the jersey number with which Johan Cruijff often played, although he did not do that at Barcelona. Frenkie de Jong keeps jersey number 21.

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However, it remains to be seen whether the two Dutchmen can be admired at Barcelona next season with those figures on their back. Memphis is said to have discussed a two-year deal with Juventus in recent days and is still awaiting confirmation from Barcelona whether his contract will be torn up there, while Manchester United and Chelsea are preying on De Jong and have already agreed with Barca on a transfer fee of such a deal. 85 million euros. The playmaker himself has yet to give his approval.

Juve could become the fifth club Depay plays for. The flamboyant right leg made his debut for PSV in 2012, after which Manchester United took over from the Eindhoven team in July 2015 for 34 million euros. In England, the Orange international never really left his mark, after which he left for Olympique Lyon. After five good years in France, Depay was taken to Barça by Ronald Koeman last summer. Then De Jong had been there for two years: he made the switch from Ajax to Camp Nou in 2019, but is now too expensive for the Catalan club. Los Azulgrana would like to get rid of him.


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