MADRID — Atletico Madrid is ready to signal Dutch worldwide Memphis Depay from Barcelona to attempt to enhance its assault after João Félix left for Chelsea.
The ultimate particulars of the switch had been nonetheless being finalized however Atletico mentioned the ahead was already coaching together with his new teammates on Thursday with permission from Barcelona.
The signing is predicted to come back lower than per week after Félix joined Chelsea on mortgage. The Portugal ahead didn’t fulfill expectations in Madrid and reportedly clashed with Atletico coach Diego Simeone.
Depay has not been a daily starter since shifting to Barcelona in 2021. He’ll be part of Atletico’s assault which is led by Antoine Griezmann and Álvaro Morata.
Spanish media stories mentioned Depay’s signing will value about 3 million euros ($3.2 million). Barcelona reportedly additionally bought the primary choice on a future signing of Belgium midfielder Yannick Carrasco from Atletico.
The 28-year-old Depay, who additionally performed for PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United, joined Barcelona from Lyon. He had extra minutes when the Catalan membership was coached by Dutch supervisor Ronald Koeman, however didn’t get many probabilities after Xavi took over as coach.
Barcelona had earlier mentioned it signed 18-year-old Argentine Lucas Román to its “B” squad with a buyout clause of 400 million euros ($433 million).
Atletico superior to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday however is coming off two winless video games within the Spanish league, the place it sits in fourth place. The Copa is the one competitors Atletico can nonetheless realistically win this season, because it trails league chief Barcelona by 13 factors and was eradicated from the Champions League. It additionally didn’t qualify for the Europa League.