Ronald Koeman has confirmed Barcelona have ‘nearly’ accomplished the signing of Memphis Depay.
The Netherlands ahead seems set to affix the LaLiga giants on a free switch having let his contract run down at Lyon.
The ex-Manchester United man, who had additionally been linked with strikes to Chelsea and Juventus, labored beneath countryman Koeman throughout the latter’s time in control of Netherlands between 2018 and 2020.
Talking earlier this week, Depay revealed his need to work with Koeman once more.
He mentioned: “As I’ve mentioned earlier than, the switch will grow to be clear by itself. It stays to be seen, I need to depart it at that.
“Everybody is aware of that I’ve been linked to them [Barcelona] for a very long time and that I need to play beneath Ronald Koeman. Let’s wait and see. Then the information will come by itself.”
Responding to Depay’s feedback, Koeman gave the largest indication but that the participant shall be becoming a member of Barcelona.
He instructed reporters: “Memphis mentioned one thing about it right this moment and I can verify that.
“It’s not signed but, but it surely’s nearly there. I needed to get it in January, if it occurs now, that’s nice.
“We all know what we are able to do collectively.”
Since leaving Man United for Lyon in 2017, Depay has scored 63 in 139 league appearances.
The 27-year-old, who is ready to play as a winger or central striker, opened his Euro 2020 account with a penalty in a 2-Zero win over Austria as Netherlands progressed to the final 16 on Thursday.