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Details: Barcelona announce signing of Memphis Depay on surprise deal

Details: Barcelona announce signing of Memphis Depay on surprise deal

Spanish heavyweights Barcelona have, on Saturday, finally confirmed the signing of Memphis Depay.

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The subject of Depay’s future has of course taken centre stage in the media of late.

This comes with the Dutch international having opted to run down his contract with Olympique Lyonnais, to secure a free transfer elsewhere.

A host of clubs, in turn, were tipped to swoop for the gifted attacker, fresh off the back of an impressive campaign which saw him rack up 22 goals and 12 assists across all competitions.

Details: Barcelona announce signing of Memphis Depay on surprise deal

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – OCTOBER 16: Arnaut Groeneveld of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with teammate Memphis Depay who provided the assist during the International Friendly match between Belgium and Netherlands at King Baudouin Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Despite interest from elsewhere, though, one club – in the form of La Liga giants Barcelona – were long viewed as favourites to land Depay.

The Blaugrana are of course strapped for cash, making a big-name free agent addition enticing.

Not only that, but the man on the bench at the Camp Nou, Ronald Koeman, has previous experience of working with Depay, during a stint together with the Netherlands.

‘Heart of a Lion’

It has therefore come as little surprise to see news of the Dutchman’s move to Catalunya finally being made official on Saturday evening. Depay is set to become a Barcelona player on the 1st of July, once his contract with Lyon has come to an end:

What has come as something of a surprise, however, are the terms of the deal signed by the Blaugrana’s latest addition.

Depay has put pen to paper on just a two-year contract, through to the summer of 2023:

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.