Finally, while Depay is assumed to have accepted his fate, he can be comfortable and joyful at Barca after completing a dream move just 12 months ago. That will make him a less attractive proposition for Tottenham, with Antonio Conte sure to be keen on players whose hearts are wholly set on his ambitious project for the season ahead.
Landing Depay could be a robust show of intent from Spurs, who’ve made attacking depth certainly one of their key priorities this summer. Coming in as back-up to Harry Kane has rarely served players well over time, with neither Vincent Janssen nor Carlos Vinicius capable of mount a robust claim for the highest spot.
The Barca frontman could also represent a long-term substitute option, nonetheless, with Bayern Munich chief Oliver Kahn admitting that the German giants ‘dream’ of signing Kane in the longer term.