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Memphis Depay signing announcement delayed by national team commitment

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The forward’s agreement with Barcelona is said to be imminent

EURO 2020 group C”The Netherlands v Ukraine” Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images

Memphis Depay’s arrival at FC Barcelona will probably be announced soon, as has been rumored for a long time, but it still has not yet happened. Even coach Ronald Koeman publicly stated that Depay was on the verge of signing, but yet, still no official announcement.

The reason for this? Koeman’s successor as Netherlands coach, Frank de Boer.

That’s because De Boer has apparently instructed his players to avoid distractions as his team prepares to face Austria in the European Championship. Depay was a starter in the Netherlands’ opening 3-2 win over Ukraine, and De Boer wants him fully concentrated on his national team duties. Therefore, the coach has asked his forward to delay any official announcements of a transfer.

If the Dutch team were to triumph again on Thursday, they will have qualified for the next round, and then, the manager would allow his players to finalize transfers.

Then, the deal could be publicly announced on Friday. Of course, he would not be officially presented at the Camp Nou until the end of his country’s involvement in the tournament.

Depay is a free agent and would be joining without an associated transfer fee after the completion of his contract with Lyon.