Last Updated: January 19, 2023, 00:12 IST
Barcelona have agreed in precept for Dutch striker Memphis Depay to transfer to Atletico Madrid, a supply on the Catalan giants mentioned Wednesday.
“This morning we reached an settlement in precept for the switch of Memphis Depay to Atletico. We are in the method of fine-tuning the ultimate particulars,” the source told AFP.
According to the Spanish press, Atletico will pay three million euros for the 28-year-old Dutch international on a contract running until June 2025.
The former Manchester United striker was absent from the team training session in Barcelona on Wednesday afternoon, but “had the authorisation to be absent”, the supply added.
Barcelona coach Xavi was non-committal at a press convention earlier than the coaching session.
“At the second, I’ve no information about Memphis. He continues to be a Barca participant. He all the time brings one thing, he’s a rare individual. I’ve completely no information, we’ll see what occurs,” he mentioned forward of Thursday’s Copa Del Rey tie at third-division Ceuta.
“We’ll talk with him today to see where he stands. It’s his own decision,” Xavi added.
Depay has seen little first-team soccer lately. Hit by a thigh damage in October and November, and hardly utilized by Xavi for the reason that starting of the season — making simply 4 appearances and scoring one aim — he has expressed the want to go away the Catalan membership in the course of the present switch window.
Atletico shortly confirmed their curiosity, however the six or seven million euros initially demanded was deemed too excessive, and was negotiated down.
Depay joined Barcelona as a free agent from Lyon in 2021.
Last season he scored 13 targets for the membership and offered two assists in 38 matches.
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