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Barcelona have found their new Messi and Neymar

FC Barcelona lost Lionel Messi this summer, and the void left by Neymar’s exit in 2017 could still be felt at the Camp Nou. However, it appears as though the arrivals of Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong may be able to help fill the cavernous space left behind by those players.

Memphis arrived this summer with the backing of manager Ronald Koeman. The Dutch manager personally recruited his compatriot, and his confidence was returned almost immediately by the player. Memphis has already scored an astonishing seven goals this early in the 2021/22 season. Two of those goals were scored for Barcelona, while another five came in only three games for the national team.

Barcelona had been strapped for cash, and they did not have much to work with when it came to the summer transfer market. However, they struck a massive bargain by being able to bring in Memphis on a free transfer from French side Lyon.

Lionel Messi was forced to ply his trade elsewhere after the Blaugrana failed to find a way to accommodate his salary. Even with a massive pay cut, Barcelona could not afford to retain their captain, who has since moved on to Paris Saint-Germain.