Barcelona made the signing of Memphis Depay official on Saturday. The 27-year-old striker arrives as a free player. The Dutchman, at the end of his contract at Olympique Lyonnais, reacted to his signing at Barcelona.
Memphis Depay’s reaction to Barcelona’s announcement
On Saturday, Barcelona put an end to a soap opera that has lasted too long. In a statement, Barca has made official the signing of Memphis Depay for a period of two years. The Dutch striker was tracked by the Catalan club since last summer following the appointment of Ronald Koeman. With the Dutch coach on the bench, the Blaugrana have decided to recruit this new reinforcement. Currently in selection with the Netherlands to compete in Euro 2020, the 27-year-old striker reacted to the announcement of his new club. “A great childhood dream. Dreaming big. I’m super excited to join my new club,” posted the former captain of Olympique Lyonnais on his Twitter account.
A new 0€ move for Laporta
Long awaited, Memphis Depay will therefore join Catalonia this summer after the European Championship. The versatile Dutch striker has refused all offers of extension from Jean-Michel Aulas to join his former coach at Barcelona. The former Lyon man even turned down other top clubs like Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, who offered him more attractive contracts, to sign for Barcelona. With Depay, Joan Laporta‘s club has just completed a new free signing after Sergio Agüero and Eric Garcia arrived from Manchester City. The Blaugrana already wanted to recruit the Batave last summer. But due to lack of cash, the Catalan club could not complete the deal despite the agreement of the player. He leaves Olympique Lyonnais after a particularly prolific year. He scored 22 goals and provided 12 assists in 40 appearances during his last season with the Gones.