Barcelona complete Depay signing as free agent on two-year contract

Barcelona have finalized the signing of Memphis Depay.

The 27-year-old winger joined a free transfer after exhausting his contract at Lyon.

The forward is the fourth player to join the Spanish squad this summer, after Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia, who both signed after leaving Manchester City, and Emerson Royal.

How long has Depay signed?

The former PSV and Manchester United player has long been linked with a move to Camp Nou.

Barca were linked last year and again in January, but the winger eventually reunited with former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman, signing a two-year contract.

The announcement comes days after Ronald Koeman said a deal was underway, telling reporters: “It’s not signed yet, but it’s almost there.”

His comments came hours after Depay said he wanted to play under Koeman again and suggested that no other team were in the running to sign him.

How did Memphis behave in Lyon?

The Netherlands international joined Lyon from Manchester United in 2017.

He scored 76 goals in 178 appearances in all competitions during his four years with the French team.

His last season was his most prolific, however, as he scored 20 times in Ligue 1 to finish second in top scorer behind Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, who had 27. Depay led the assists table decisive with 12.

Depay and Koeman reunited

Depay worked with Koeman for almost two years while the 58-year-old was in charge of the Netherlands.

He was a crucial player as the Netherlands improved after their unsuccessful Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 qualifying campaigns under Guus HIddink and Danny Blind.

Depay scored 11 times in the 18 appearances he played under Koeman before the coach was drawn to Barcelona last August.

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