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.”

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.

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