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Barcelona sign Netherlands forward Memphis Depay on free from Lyon, fourth acquisition in off season

After stints with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United, Depay joined Lyon in January 2017. His last season with Lyon was his best, scoring 20 goals.

Depay scored in Netherlands' 2-0 win over Austria.

Depay scored in Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Austria. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Depay will be Barcelona’s fourth signing of the off season.
  • After stints with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United, Depay joined Lyon in January 2017.
  • Depay played for Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman in the Netherlands national team

Barcelona announced the signing of Netherlands forward Memphis Depay on Saturday as a free agent from Lyon. The Spanish club said that the 27-year-old has been signed on a two-year contract.

Depay, who is currently playing in the Euro 2020 with Netherlands, will be Barcelona’s fourth signing of the off season. Striker Sergio Agüero and defender Eric García have arrived after ending contracts with Manchester City, while Brazilian defender Emerson Royal was recalled from a loan to Real Betis.

After stints with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United, Depay joined Lyon in January 2017. His last season with Lyon was his best, scoring 20 goals. Depay scored a penalty in Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Austria on Thursday.

He played for Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman in the Netherlands team before Koeman left to take over at Camp Nou at the start of the 2020-21 season.

Depay is Barcelona’s fourth signing of the offseason as it looks to improve on a season in which the only success was the Copa del Rey title. Facing 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in debt, Barcelona is focusing on free agents to avoid paying transfer fees.

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