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Memphis Depay are set to sign for Barcelona on a free transfer.

Head coach Ronald Koeman, who previously managed Depay for the Netherlands national team, confirmed the decision was “on track”.

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

“Memphis has said something about his future that I can confirm,” Koeman said. Marca Thursday.

“As far as I know the move is on track. Although it has not yet signed, it is close. I wanted to close the deal in January and if it comes, it is great for us. “

Former Manchester United striker Depay said at a press conference in the Netherlands 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 there will be some news soon.”

Depay is set to become Barcelona’s third free transfer of the summer following the signing of former Manchester City couple Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia.

However, Koeman missed fellow Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum, who chose to sign for Paris Saint-Germain instead of working with Mauricio Pochettino, who once wanted him at Tottenham before joining Liverpool.

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

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

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