Atletico Madrid have announced the signing of Dutch forward, Memphis Depay from Barcelona on Friday.
The Netherlands international, that was giving permission by Barcelona to train with Atletico Madrid on Thursday as the teams negotiate a transfer, is now officially an Atletico Madrid player.
“Memphis, with permission from Barcelona, trained for the first time in Majadahonda while both clubs close their transfer,” Atleti posted on their official Twitter page, on Thursday.
Depay joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Lyon ahead of the 2021-22 season, linking up again with Ronald Koeman, for whom he had played for with the Netherlands.
But Koeman was fired by the Blaugrana in October 2021 and his successor Xavi never appeared to have the same trust in the former Manchester United and PSV forward.
Depay is expected to serve as a direct replacement for Joao Felix, who joined Chelsea on a loan deal earlier this month.
The 28-year-old signed for the remainder of the season and two more seasons with Diego Simeone’s men. Depay’s presentation will be this Friday, January 20 at Cívitas Metropolitano starting at 6:00 p.m., which can be followed live through Atletico’s social networks and website.
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