Wed, 28 Jul 2021

MADRID, June 19 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona on Saturday confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sign Dutch international striker Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon on a two-year contract.

The club website informs that "FC Barcelona and Memphis Depay have reached an agreement for the player to join the club once his contract with Olympique Lyonnais is at an end. The player will sign a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season."

The striker will have a release clause of 500 million euros and becomes Barca's fourth signing of the season, following striker Kun Aguero and central defender Eric Garcia, who both arrived for free after their contracts with Manchester City expired, and defender Emerson Royal, who arrives at the Camp Nou after two-years on loan at Betis.

Depay arrives as a personal petition of Barca coach Ronald Koeman, who has previously worked with him in the Dutch national team and the club had previously tried to sign him in the January transfer market.

The arrival of Depay and Aguero means Barcelona now have a surplus of strikers in the club (although Leo Messi has still to sign a new contract) and Barca's delicate economic situation means they will now look to lower their wage bill by selling Martin Braithwaite and perhaps even Antoine Griezmann.

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