Atleti full signing of Memphis from Barca


Atletico Madrid have signed ahead Memphis Depay from Barcelona, the LaLiga membership introduced on Friday.

Sources have instructed ESPN the price for Memphis may rise to over €4 million.

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“Memphis Depay is a new Atlético de Madrid player following the agreement reached with FC Barcelona for the transfer of the Dutch striker to our club, signing for the remainder of the season and two more seasons,” mentioned a membership assertion.

The Netherlands worldwide’s contract at Barca was resulting from expire in June and he had performed a minimal position at Camp Nou this season, beginning simply two league video games.

Barcelona additionally added that the deal contains “a preferential however not obligatory buy choice for the participant Yannick Carrasco.”

Atletico need to strengthen their ahead line after they allowed Joao Felix to affix Chelsea on mortgage and Matheus Cunha moved to Wolves, leaving them counting on Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa in assault.

Diego Simeone’s facet are having a tough season, eradicated from the Champions League on the group stage and battling to complete within the LaLiga high 4, though they certified for the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Wednesday with a 2-0 win at Levante.

Talking at a information convention on Friday, Simeone mentioned: “A player that has a lot of enthusiasm has arrived. He is eager to rediscover his best form.

“We’re working in order that we will discover the participant he was at Lyon, the place he confirmed his bodily energy and his talents. We are going to work with him to assist him attain his greatest type and that he, in return, can provide us what we wish from him.

“He can play as a forward or as a second striker. I see him similar to [former Atletico forward Diego] Costa, who started out as a striker but ended up forward because of his explosive play, his strength and his good finish.. Memphis has proved, especially in France, and in his first year at Barca that he has good numbers.”

Memphis, 28, had missed coaching with Barcelona on Wednesday because the transfer neared completion.

Sources instructed ESPN the preliminary price can be €3m, with simply over €1m probably due in variables.

Depay joined Barca on a free switch in July 2021 signing a two-year deal, having beforehand performed for PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United and Lyon.

He started as a daily with then coach Ronald Koeman — scoring 12 league objectives in his first season — however has featured much less beneath Xavi, who has most popular to select Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha and Ferran Torres this marketing campaign.

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