Barcelona announce Memphis Depay signing on free transfer after Lyon contract expires to end Chelsea and Juventus speculation

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Barcelona announce Memphis Depay signing on free transfer after Lyon contract expires to end Chelsea and Juventus speculation


Barcelona have announced the signing of Memphis Depay on a free transfer, with the forward signing a two-year deal.

The Netherlands forward looks has officially joined the LaLiga giants having let his contract run down at Lyon.

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Depay is hoping to lead Netherlands to Euro 2020 glory this summer

The ex-Manchester United man, who had also been linked with moves to Chelsea and Juventus, worked under countryman Koeman during the latter’s time in charge of Netherlands between 2018 and 2020.

Speaking earlier this week, Depay revealed his desire to work with Koeman again.

And now their reunion has been confirmed, with Barcelona announcing his arrival on Saturday.

“FC Barcelona and Memphis Depay have reached an agreement for the player to join the Club once his contract with Olympique Lyonnais is at an end,” read a club statement.

“The player will sign a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.”

Responding to Depay’s comments about wanting to work with him again, Koeman gave a strong hint on Friday that the transfer was on the cusp of completion.

Depay has made it clear he wants to play under Koeman again

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Depay has made it clear he wants to play under Koeman again

He told reporters: “Memphis said something about it today and I can confirm that.

“It’s not signed yet, but it’s almost there. I wanted to get it in January, if it happens now, that’s great.

“We know what we can do together.”

Since leaving Man United for Lyon in 2017, Depay has scored 63 in 139 league appearances.

The 27-year-old, who is able to play as a winger or central striker, opened his Euro 2020 account with a penalty in a 2-0 win over Austria as Netherlands progressed to the last 16 on Thursday.





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