Barcelona ‘offer Man Utd flop’ in swap deal for Juventus star Alvaro Morata

Barcelona have offered former Manchester United flop Memphis Depay as part of a swap deal for Juventus star Alvaro Morata.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid striker has netted seven times and registered five assists for the Bianconeri this season with new Barca boss Xavi identifying him as a top target in January, due to their lack of goals.

The Catalan giants have scored just 31 times in La Liga this campaign – only three sides in the top half of the table have scored less.

And in an attempt to solve their goalscoring issues, Xavi has already entered talks concerning a proposed swap deal, with ex-Man Utd flop Depay heading in the opposite direction.

Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio reports Juventus' injury to Federico Chiesa has sparked them into life in the transfer market as their silky playmaker is ruled out until the end of the season.

Massimiliano Allegri's side suffered a huge blow on Monday when it was revealed Chiesa suffered a torn knee ligament injury during their dramatic 4-3 win away at AS Roma the day before.

Consequently, the Bianconeri have identified a list of versatile forwards with Depay earmarked as their standout candidate.

The Dutchman had previously been offered to Juventus during the talks surrounding Morata, but the Serie A side were not prepared to sacrifice one of their top scorers.

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Though that stance hasn't changed, Juve are hopeful Barca will accept a short-term loan deal that would ease the financial pressures on the cash-stricken club.

Such is the monetary tightrope in Cataluyna, Barca were unable to register new signing Ferran Torres until they had increased their financial fair play quota.

Needing a bank loan to complete the £45.9m transfer, only Samuel Umtiti's new long-term contract saved the Catalan club from further embarrassment.

The French defender accepted a pay cut, and Torres was permitted to be registered by La Liga.

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