Another free deal in the “Camp Nou” .. Depay to Barcelona
Barcelona announced on Saturday that it had reached an agreement to sign Dutch striker Memphis Depay. Barcelona said in a statement that Depay, whose contract with Olympique Lyon expires within days, will sign a contract with the club until the end of the 2022-2023 season. Depay, 27, became the second striker to move to the “Camp Nou” in a free deal after the end of last season, after Sergio Aguero from Manchester City. Defender Eric Garcia joined Barcelona on a free deal from City, with the Catalan club struggling financially. Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has long admired Depay’s capabilities, and had previously coached the Netherlands national team until he left his position to lead Barcelona last year. Depay, who also played in PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United, was the top scorer in the French league last season with Lyon with 20 goals, and came only behind Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe. Depay scored a penalty kick during the Netherlands’ 2-0 victory over Austria in the European Championship 2020, Thursday.