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Barcelona cannot have another Messi or Ronaldo by signing Depay, says Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal indicated that Memphis Depay, who is Barcelona’s goal, might not be exactly what his old club wants.

Memphis Depay is a promising player who can give a lot but Barcelona has been cautioned by Louis van Gaal that not all of their problems will be solved by the Lyon forward.

The 27-year-old is a priority for the LaLiga giants, where former Dutch head coach Ronald Koeman is in charge following the dismissal of Quique Setien.

Dutchman Depay has scored and assisted a combined 63 goals in three full seasons at the Groupama Stadium under the coaching of Van Gaal at Manchester United and after a frustrating spell Dutchman Depay has resurrected his career at Lyon.

But Van Gaal said Barca wouldn’t be having Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo as a world-class player of similar caliber. He has also coached Depay for the Netherlands national side.

“There’s always a question mark,” he told Tuttomercatoweb. “Depay is an interesting player, especially when he’s free to play.”

“But we have to consider adapting to a new culture and a new team. And the first year is always the hardest. Look at [Matthijs] de Ligt or Frenkie de Jong.”

“Depay has talent, but he’s not Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.”

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