Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has rubbished any rumors linking Memphis Depay with an imminent move to Barcelona, claiming that the club was hit hard by COVID-19 effects and they can not afford to sign the forward.
Recent reports in the media have linked the former Manchester United man with a move to the LaLiga giants in a £28m deal, but Aulas says this is impossible.
The Lyon chief took to social media to deny those reports, saying in a tweet: "President [Josep Maria] Bartomeu told me on Sunday that Barca are suffering a lot from the COVID crisis and that it isn't possible for them to make an offer."
Memphis kost Barcelona 30 miljoen euro | Voetbal | https://t.co/ENn92q9lkf @ol @Le_Progres Le président du Barça m’a indiqué dès dimanche que le Barça souffrait beaucoup d la crise du Covid et n’avait pas de possibilité de faire une offre.#memphis https://t.co/R1eGdE276j— Jean-Michel AULAS (@JM_Aulas) September 15, 2020
Depay scored from the penalty spot against Montpellier last evening but was unable to prevent Lyon from falling to a 2-1 defeat in the French top flight.
Depay's current deal with Les Gones will expire next summer.