Sources: Atleti, Barca attain deal for Depay


Atletico Madrid are set to signal Dutch ahead Memphis Depay from Barcelona for a price that would rise to greater than €4 million, a number of sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Depay, 28, was as a consequence of prepare with Barca on Wednesday however didn’t present up with the expectation {that a} switch to Atletico is near completion.

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Sources say the preliminary price of the deal shall be round €3m, with Memphis’ Barca contract as a consequence of expire in June, with simply over €1m due in attainable performance-related add-ons.

Barca coach Xavi Hernandez, talking earlier on Wednesday, had expressed a want for nobody to go away the membership this month, however stated he understood Memphis’ scenario.

“If it was solely down to me, I would not let anyone leave, but I can understand it’s not easy for him,” he stated in a information convention. “He is not playing as much as he would like.”

As a result of accidents and competitors for locations, Memphis has been diminished to simply 4 appearances throughout all competitions this season.

The signings of Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha final summer season pushed him additional down the pecking order forward of the present marketing campaign — with Ousmane Dembele, Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati are additionally most popular by Xavi — however he opted to remain and struggle for his place.

Nevertheless, following the World Cup, the place he was a part of the Netherlands squad, he modified his thoughts and opened as much as a transfer away from Camp Nou.

Negotiations had taken place relating to a swap deal that will have seen Yannick Carrasco transfer the opposite manner — as confirmed by Carrasco’s agent, Pini Zahavi — however Atletico closed the door on that risk.

Nevertheless, they continued to push for Memphis given their must strengthen their assault this month following the departures of Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha to the Premier League.

Memphis solely signed a two-year deal when he joined Barca as a free agent from Lyon in the summertime of 2021, making him a low-cost choice this January together with his deal expiring in the summertime.

He was an everyday at Barca beneath Ronald Koeman and ended final season with 13 targets in 38 video games. Previous to becoming a member of Lyon in 2017, he frolicked with Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven.

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