Netherlands international Memphis Depay has reportedly decided to join Barcelona this summer. The Dutchman will be available for a free transfer after his contract with Lyon expires.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Depay is about to sign for the Spanish club. The lawyers of the 27-year-old striker are finally examining the contract, a deal is to be announced shortly.
Depay was close to joining Barcelona last summer but the move didn’t materialize due to the Catalan club’s financial troubles.
It has also sparked interest from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
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Ronald Koeman confirms Barcelona want Memphis Depay
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman confirmed last summer that he would like to sign Depay. Koeman announced the move did not take place as the Spanish club were unable to meet Lyon’s asking price.
“It’s a possibility. I’ll try because I want him at Barcelona but I have no idea what the club’s financial situation will be like then,” Koeman told the media.
“We have to wait. Everything was ready, but because of the La Liga rules we knew we had to sell a player first. In the end it didn’t happen. We wanted Memphis because he’s a great player and because he has qualities. ” which I think I lack, including the ability to play with depth in his game. “
Depay had previously also commented on his failed move to Barcelona. The Dutch striker claimed he was happy to stay with Lyon but ultimately didn’t sign a new deal with the club.
“I am very happy to be with Lyon. I am proud to be a Lyon player and captain. It is true that some clubs have been interested in me and have contacted me, but in the end no deal was made.”
When completed, it will be Memphis Depay’s second major career move. Depay joined Manchester United in 2015 after some outstanding seasons with PSV Eindhoven. However, his time with the Red Devils was not fruitful and he moved to Lyon in 2017.
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