Memphis Depay completes £2.6m move from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid on a two-and-a-half-year deal as the two club’s also agree ‘preferential but not compulsory purchase option’ for Yannick Carrasco
- Memphis Depay has completed his £2.6million move to Atletico Madrid
- The Dutchman leaves Barcelona to sign a two-and-a-half-year contract
- The value deal also includes the option for Barcelona to sign Yannick Carrasco
- Depay moves to the fifth professional club of his career at the age of 28
Memphis Depay has completed his cross LaLiga switch to join Atletico Madrid on a permanent two-and-a-half-year deal.
Depay’s exit from Barcelona and subsequent arrival at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was confirmed on Friday as Atletico announced their newest signing.
The Dutch striker’s latest career moves comes just under two years since he first touched down in Spain, at that time agreeing to join Barcelona as a free agent.
Memphis Depay has completed his transfer from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has brought Depay in to help the club score more goals
Barcelona have managed to garner some funds for the ever-moving star with Atletico paying just £2.6million for the 28-year-old striker.
Depay was permitted to leave his former club on Wednesday to finalise his deal and trained with Atletico for the first time on Thursday.
His contract at the Camp Nou was set to expire at the end of the season with no renewal option on the table after the striker fell down the pecking order under Xavi’s current reign in charge.
The deal also includes an option for Barcelona to purchase Atletico attacker Yannick Carrasco
Depay was a key player at the Qatar World Cup for Holland scoring one goal in the process
In response, Barcelona have negotiated a ‘preferential but not compulsory purchase option’ for Madrid attacker Yannick Carrasco.
Depay’s move to Madrid comes after the club allowed wantaway talent Joao Felix to join Chelsea on a £9million loan deal until the end of the season.
The Dutch goalscorer’s latest move to the Spanish capital marks the fifth club move of his career since bursting through the ranks at PSV Eindhoven having come through their ranks as a youth product.
Depay has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at Atletico Madrid after falling out of favour at Barcelona
Barcelona’s summer acquisition of Robert Lewandowski saw Depay limited of game-time
His marquee move to Manchester United in 2015 ended in failure as Depay failed to match the expectations his talent brought with it and eventually left the Premier League side under two years later for Lyon.
An impressive spell at Lyon granted Depay his second chance at one of Europe’s biggest clubs, however the later arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski eventually saw the Dutchman’s regular game-time limited.
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