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Memphis Depay completed his transfer-free transfer from Olympique Lyon to FC Barcelona on Saturday.

The 27-year-old attacker signs a contract for two years until mid-2023 with the Spanish top club of coach Ronald Koeman.

Memphis has been linked with a transfer to FC Barcelona in recent weeks, but then some formalities still stood in the way of the switch.

Koeman said on Wednesday at the unveiling of the statue of his father Martin Koeman at the FC Groningen stadium that it was only a matter of time before Memphis would put his signature.

The 66-time Orange international did not want to extend his expiring contract with Olympique Lyon, because he was ready for a new challenge after five years.

In January he was also close to a transfer to FC Barcelona, ​​but then the Catalans were unable to meet Lyon's asking price.

FC Barcelona has been hit financially hard by the corona crisis.

Memphis is reunited at FC Barcelona with Koeman, with whom he already worked for the Dutch national team from 2018 to 2020.

Under the leadership of the former national coach, Memphis had a large share in the first qualification of the Orange squad for a European Championship since 2012. Koeman exchanged the Netherlands for his dream club FC Barcelona last year.


With this video FC Barcelona announces the arrival of Memphis

Memphis flourishes near Lyon

At Lyon, Memphis was good for 76 goals and 55 assists in 178 games, but there were no prizes.

The French took him over from Manchester United in January 2017, which snatched him from PSV in the summer of 2015 for 34 million euros, but in England he failed to live up to the high expectations and scored 7 times in 53 matches.

Memphis went through the youth academy of PSV and made his debut in the first team in September 2011 during the cup match against the amateurs of VVSB (8-0).

He scored 50 goals in 124 matches.

With the Eindhoven team he took the national title (2015), KNVB Cup and Johan Cruijff Scale (both in 2012).

Memphis is currently active with the Netherlands at the European Championships.

He used a penalty against Austria on Thursday (2-0) and partly because of this, the Orange squad qualified with one group match to go - Monday against North Macedonia for the eighth finals.

The Netherlands previously won against Ukraine (3-2).