Barcelona to sign Netherlands forward Depay
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Group C - Netherlands v Austria - Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands - June 17, 2021 Netherlands' Memphis Depay reacts. (Photo: Reuters)
Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, the La Liga club said on Saturday (Jun 19).
A statement from the Catalans said Depay, whose contract with Olympique Lyonnais runs out later this month, will sign a deal with Barca until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.
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