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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Memphis Depay from Barcelona

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Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Netherlands international forward Memphis Depay from La Liga rivals Barcelona, the clubs have officially confirmed.

The 28-year-old had become a top target for Diego Simeone’s side following the departures of Matheus Cunha and Joao Felix to Wolves and Chelsea, respectively.

They entered into negotiations with Barcelona for Depay, but were unwilling to pay any fee for his services as the Dutchman had just six months left on his contract.

However, the La Liga leaders demanded either a fee of €7 million or the inclusion of Yannick Carrasco in the deal, which led to doubts about a possible move as the Rojiblancos were unwilling to agree to either condition.

Ultimately, though, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona struck an agreement over a deal worth €3 million plus another €1 million in potential add-ons.

Personal terms were not an issue as Depay wanted to move to Atletico Madrid, having struggled for game-time at Barcelona this season.

The 28-year-old completed his medicals in Madrid on Thursday and has signed a contract with the Colchoneros that runs until the summer of 2025.

Depay, thus, technically becomes the second player to sign for Atletico Madrid from Barcelona this season, after Antoine Griezmann’s loan deal was converted into a permanent transfer.

A versatile forward with plenty of experience at the highest level, Depay can be a good signing for Atletico if utilised right.

The Rojiblancos have struggled in the final third this season and will be hoping that the former Manchester United man’s arrival changes that in the coming weeks and months.

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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe

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Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.

After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.

And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.

Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.

And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.

Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.

Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.

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