Barca agree deal to sign Depay on free transfer

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of this month.

Depay, who joined Lyon from Manchester United in 2017, will sign a two-year contract with the Spanish club as he reunites with former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman.

A club statement read: “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.”

Depay is set to become Barcelona’s third free transfer of the summer after ex-Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia signed for the club.

However, Koeman missed out on fellow Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum, who opted to sign for Paris Saint-Germain instead to work with Mauricio Pochettino, who once wanted him at Tottenham before he joined Liverpool.

Memphis Depay of the Netherlands during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group C match between Netherlands and Austria at Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, June 17, 2021, (Dean Mouhtaropoulous/Pool via AP)
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Depay is set to reunite with former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman at Barcelona

Barcelona have been forced to target free transfers due to more than £1billion-worth of debt, in part caused by the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 27-year-old is currently representing the Netherlands at Euro 2020, scoring one goal in two games.

Depay said in the Netherlands press conference on Wednesday: “Everyone knows that I have been negotiating with Barcelona for some time.

“I want to play with Ronald Koeman. Now is the time to wait, but soon there will be news.”

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How will Sergio Aguero perform at Barcelona FC? – An Insight on his 10 seasons with Manchester City

As you already should know, Barcelona have signed the forward Sergio Aguero as a free transfer on July 1st after his contract ends with Manchester City. The Argentinean striker joined Manchester City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 for £35 million, he joined club at the age of 23. 

Aguero spent the previous five years of his career with Atletico Madrid, where he won the Europa League in 2010.

His time at Manchester City has been successful, he has scored 260 goals in all competitions during his 10 seasons with Man City. He leaves England as the top-scoring foreign player in Premier League history with a goal count of 184. Throughout his 10 seasons, he has claimed 1 golden boot which he received in the 2014/2015 season. The forward has also claimed the top English title 5 times, that is impressive considering he’s been playing in the Premier League for 10 seasons. Sergio Aguero has also received the Player of the Month award 7 times. 

Injuries hindered Aguero’s progress in 2020-21, restricting him to just 20 appearances across all competitions and seven Premier League starts. In the last league encounter of the season, he scored two goals against Everton to help Manchester City win the Premier League for the third time in four years.

During his time with the team, Aguero also helped Manchester City win 6 League Cups and 1 FA Cup. This year, the club advanced to the UEFA Champions League final before losing to Chelsea. In Saturday’s setback, the veteran played the final 14 minutes.

He now begins his new campaign in the Spanish league, seeking to help a Barcelona team that is coming off a poor 2020-21 season. The club finished third in La Liga, their lowest position since 2008, and was knocked out of the Champions League round of 16.

Sergio Aguero offers the team another offensive weapon, which might be especially significant since that Lionel Messi’s contract is likely to expire this summer. The new signing may potentially persuade the superstar to remain at the Camp Nou and play with his countryman.

Together, they helped Argentina reach the 2014 World Cup final and win gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Sergio Aguero will be an interesting watch in the Spanish league, It will be fascinating to see how he performs alongside his new teammates and how much Barcelona FC can benefit from their new striker, you can back Ronald Koeman’s to win the La Liga 2021/2022 season using betting sites like these here

Who Should Barcelona Be Looking To Sign This Summer?

Barcelona will be disappointed with their season this year and will know that they haven’t been up to the standard that they should be as they are one of the elite clubs in Europe. If they are looking to improve this year, they should be looking to make some purchases in the transfer window this summer, and so we thought we’d create a list of players in which they should be interested in signing this summer if they are looking to improve next year.

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Since selling Luis Suarez to Atletico last summer on a free, a decision in which we believe Barcelona will be regretting now as they went on to win La Liga, they have been looking for a striker ever since. One player that has been high on their radar for some time now has been Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan who has quickly become one of the most sort after players in Europe right now. He is technically gifted with a. lot of pace and power, but we certainly have the eye for goal also. He would link up great with fellow Argentine Lionel Messi. 

Whilst we are in the off season for the football season, many football punters are using online betting sites like these here to bet on the Euros 2020 which have been delayed a year due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19. These betting sites aren’t only offering the best odds on the non-gamstop market, but they are currently enticing in new customers through their lucrative sign-up offers. 

Another striker that Barcelona have been looking at over the past couple seasons is Memphis Depay and with his contract being due up this summer with Lyon, he might even be available on a free. Memphis brings something different to what Lautaro would, as he is more of a natural creator and can play the perfect false nine position for Barcelona. Although, Barcelona fans might argue that they already have many players like this and might be desiring an out and out striker to bag the goals. 

And finally, Barca have been in the market for a right-back for some time now, someone that hasn’t replaced Dani Alves and Ricardo Pereira of Leicester might just be that player. He has contributed 4 goals and 3 assists during this season for the Foxes and he is very technically gifted and could be the answer to all of Barcelona’s right back issues. Leicester purchased him for €22 million and will be looking to create a profit on him if they are going to sell him.

Depay close to joining Barcelona on free transfer

Memphis Depay is close to signing for Barcelona on a free transfer.

Head coach Ronald Koeman, who previously managed Depay for the Netherlands national team, has confirmed the move is “well on its way”.

Depay, whose contract with Lyon expires at the end of this month and has been talking to Barca since January, has confirmed there will be news “soon”.

“Memphis has said something about his future which I can confirm,” Koeman was quoted by Marca on Thursday.

“As far as I know, the move is well on its way. Although he hasn’t signed yet, it is close. I wanted to complete the deal in January and if he comes it is great for us.”

Ex-Manchester United forward Depay said in the Netherlands press conference on Wednesday: “Everyone knows that I have been negotiating with Barcelona for some time.

“I want to play with Ronald Koeman. Now is the time to wait, but soon there will be news.”

Depay is set to become Barcelona’s third free transfer of the summer after ex-Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia signed for the club.

However, Koeman missed out on fellow Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum, who opted to sign for Paris Saint-Germain instead to work with Mauricio Pochettino, who once wanted him at Tottenham before he joined Liverpool.

Barcelona have been forced to target free transfers due to more than £1billion-worth of debt, in part caused by the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Depay is currently part of the Netherlands squad at Euro 2020 and started in their opening 3-2 win over Ukraine.

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Juve, Barca, Real admitted to Champions League

Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been admitted to next season’s Champions League despite their involvement in the proposed breakaway European Super League project.

Admission letters have been sent to all Champions League participants, European soccer’s governing body UEFA has said.

Disciplinary proceedings against Juve, Barca and Real over their involvement in the proposed Super League have been suspended by UEFA’s independent appeals body.

UEFA opened a probe against the three clubs but last week it suspended proceedings after being notified by the Swiss authorities of a court order from the commercial court in Madrid obtained by the legal entity European Super League Company SL.

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A fan in the stands holds up a banner protesting against the European Super League ahead of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday April 25, 2021.
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English fans protested against the creation of a European Super League

“Admission letters have been sent to all clubs participating in next season’s UEFA club competitions today,” UEFA told Reuters on Tuesday.

Juve, Barca and Real are the last of the 12 clubs who signed up to the Super League in April not to have distanced themselves from the breakaway project which unravelled when all six English teams plus Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid withdrew.

Super League founder and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said earlier this month the plan to create a breakaway league was not a coup but a way to save the football industry, which has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Juve qualified for the Champions League on the final day of last season’s Serie A campaign and have since changed coaches, with Massimiliano Allegri back for a second spell.

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