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Atletico Madrid sign Memphis Depay from Barcelona

Atletico Madrid have signed Netherlands forward Memphis Depay from Barcelona for an initial 3m euros (£2.6m).

The 28-year-old, whose contract was due to run out in the summer, joins on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The deal sees Depay move to Catalonia on a permanent transfer, after Atletico were left searching for offensive options following the loan departure of Joao Felix to Chelsea.

Barca, meanwhile, have secured the option of a ‘preferential purchase’ of Atleti winger Yannick Carrasco as part of the deal, which could see the Belgian make the switch the other way in the summer.

The move means Depay finally secures his long sought-after move away from Barcelona, having made four appearances all campaign following rejected moves to Newcastle and Galatasary in the summer.

Having joined Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer of 2021 after leaving Lyon, and scored 14 times in 42 appearances.

“FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Memphis Depay for the fee of 3 million euros plus one million in variables,” a statement read on Barca’s website.

“The agreement includes a preferential but not compulsory purchase option for the player Yannick Carrasco. FC Barcelona would like to publicly thank Memphis for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future.”

BBCSports

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