Lyon on Tuesday poured cold water on reports that their Dutch international forward Memphis Depay is on the brink of a €30m move to Barcelona.
Dutch media reported on Tuesday that the Catalan club, where former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman recently took over, were on the brink of signing the 26-year-old striker.
Yet Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said the Spanish giants had told him Depay was too expensive for them.
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"The president of Barça (Josep Maria Bartomeu) told me on Sunday that Barça was suffering a lot from the Covid-19 crisis and have no possibility of making an offer," Aulas tweeted on Tuesday.
He helped the French club to the semi-final of the Champions League last month and scored a hat-trick as Lyon kicked off the new Ligue 1 campaign with a 4-1 home win over Dijon on August 28.
Barcelona boss Koeman, when asked about former Manchester United forward Depay amid talk of a transfer, told Fox Sports Netherlands:
For Depay to arrive, you must first sell.
Depay scored a penalty in Lyon's 2-1 defeat against Montpellier on Tuesday night.
Additional reporting from Reuters.