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The swagger is back… and Memphis Depay looks a bargain for Barcelona

That, however, is exactly what happened over the weekend and, on the evidence of Euro 2020, Barcelona have bagged themselves a bargain.

The Spanish side have signed Depay for free after his contract with Lyon expired, and the forward looks set to shine in La Liga.

He is certainly doing that at Euro 2020, with his latest performance against North Macedonia on Monday underlining how he could be one of the stars of the tournament.

Depay opened the scoring with a well-taken finish, before chipping in with two assists on the way to a 3-0 win for the Dutch.

The forward has struck twice in three group games at Euro 2020 – which is the same number he managed in 33 Premier League matches for Manchester United – and he looks a completely different player to the one who left Old Trafford in 2017.

Back then, Depay was devoid of confidence but now he seems to be relishing the big stage and the fact he is the Netherlands’ talisman.

The swagger that he showed at PSV in his youth has retuned after being lost at Manchester United, and the biggest compliment you can pay Depay is that it isn’t surprising Barcelona have signed him.

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The 27-year-old looks and acts like a Barcelona player, tormenting defenders and causing problems whenever he gets possession.

His fine form has typified the Dutch’s perfect start to Euro 2020, which has seen them win all three of their games to finish top of Group C.

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