Barcelona coach Koeman says deal for Depay now close

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says a deal for departing Lyon striker Memphis Depay is now close.

Koeman, who was speaking at an unveiling of a statue of his father in Gronigen, stated that he was excited at the prospect of working with Depay once again, after their time together in the Dutch national team.

"Memphis [Depay] has said something about his future which I can confirm," Koeman said.

"As far as I know, the move is well on its way. Although he hasn't signed yet, it is close. I wanted to complete the deal in January and if he comes it is great for us."

Koeman's comments come after Depay himself revealed that the news was close to completion during the Netherlands' press conference at Euro 2020 on Wednesday.

"Everyone knows that I have been negotiating with Barcelona for some time." Depay said.

"I want to play with Ronald Koeman. Now is the time to wait, but soon there will be news."

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