Ex-Man Utd forward Memphis Depay joins 'biggest club in world' with Barcelona move
Memphis Depay believes he has joined the world’s biggest club after signing for Barcelona.
The former Manchester United forward completed his move to Camp Nou this weekend on a free transfer.
Netherlands international Depay has signed a two-year contract with Barca.
“It’s finally official,” Depay said, per Marca, after his move was completed.
“I’m going to join FC Barcelona and I’m very excited about it. It’s literally a dream come true for me to join the biggest club in the world with the greatest fans.
“I’m so excited to play for them in front of a full stadium. Barca fans are obviously very special, the way they live the game, experience the game, and they love football so much.”
A career rebuilt with Lyon
After struggling with Man Utd, Depay, 27, has rebuilt his career over four seasons in France with Lyon.
In 178 games for the French giants, Depay scored 76 goals and added 55 assists, registering 32 goal involvements in 37 Ligue 1 games in what proved to be his final season.
Depay's arrival follows the free transfer moves for Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero from Manchester City, while right wing-back Emerson Royal has returned from a loan spell at Betis.
Attention will now turn to whether Barca retain Lionel Messi, while clarity is expected on the futures of fellow forwards Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann.
Memphis off the mark at Euro 2020
Depay is with the Netherlands squad at Euro 2020.
He scored a penalty in the 2-0 win over Austria last time out as the Dutch made it two wins from two to book a place in the last-16 with a game to spare.
With progression secured, coach Frank de Boer may make some changes to his line-up for the final Group C game against North Macedonia on Monday.