Memphis Depay 'reaches Barcelona transfer agreement to move in January from Lyon' after failed summer switch

BARCELONA are ready to go back in for Memphis Depay this January after failing with a deadline day swoop.

The Lyon forward, 26, was left upset having all-but signed for the LaLiga side – before they decided against completing the deal.

Reports suggest Barcelona were only able to afford Depay if Ousmane Dembele left.

But the winger could not complete a move to Manchester United, with the Catalans demanding a permanent transfer.

Once again, a January move for Depay is based around Barcelona making room for the Dutchman.

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According to Spanish newspaper Sport, a deal is agreed with both the player and Lyon.

However, either Dembele or Martin Braithwaite must leave first to ensure Barcelona keep on top of their massive wage bill.

A £95million purchase in 2017, 23-year-old Dembele has struggled to maintain form and fitness.

Blaugrana boss Ronald Koeman has reportedly sent the winger in for extra training as he enters the last chance saloon at the Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, emergency February signing Braithwaite, 29, is said to want to stay with the club.

But Barcelona will reportedly accept a decent return on the £16m they invested in the Danish striker, who has scored once since arriving.

In contrast, Depay has been on fire for Lyon, reviving his career in France after a flop spell at Manchester United.

The forward already has four goals to his name this season, including an opening day hat-trick against Dijon.

And former Netherlands national team coach Koeman, 57, is said to have expressly asked for Depay's signing.

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