When it comes to negotiating Memphis Depay's contract, Barcelona may have made an expensive error.
Memphis was signed by Barcelona on a free transfer this summer when his contract with Lyon expired.
The Dutch international has already scored three goals in his first six La Liga games, indicating that he was a wise signing.
However, Barcelona may have created a headache for themselves by signing the former Manchester United player. That's because, according to Mundo Deportivo through Diario AS, Barcelona decided not to put in Memphis' contract a club option to extend.
Barca would have had the opportunity to automatically extend the forward's contract by one year prior to the term's final six months.
The benefit of such a solution is that it provides peace of mind, control, and time to clubs.
Without that, Barca will have to decide whether or not to extend Memphis' contract as early as the summer of 2022.
Memphis will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any team outside of Spain from January 2023 if the contract is not extended.
As a result of failing to include the club option, Barca now finds themselves in a position where they must begin negotiations just one year after the initial agreement was signed.
That's a little clumsy, especially given the club's financial problems, and especially because, if Memphis has a strong first season, the Blaugrana will almost certainly face requests for a better contract.
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