Ronald Koeman stated Barcelona should promote earlier than they will take into consideration signing Lyon captain Memphis Depay as the pinnacle coach expects to begin the LaLiga season with no additions to the squad.
Depay has been tipped to reunite with former Netherlands coach Koeman at Barca following his exploits for Ligue 1 outfit and Champions League semi-finalists Lyon.
Nevertheless, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas – previous to Tuesday’s 2-1 loss towards Montpellier – claimed Barca can not afford to purchase Depay resulting from their funds amid the coronavirus disaster.
Koeman, who has changed Quique Setien at Camp Nou, was requested about former Manchester United ahead Depay amid speak of a €25million switch and he advised Fox Sports activities Netherlands: “For Depay to reach, you should first promote.”
Barca have been linked with a lot of gamers following a depressing 2019-20 marketing campaign, which noticed the Spanish powerhouse dethroned by bitter rivals Actual Madrid in LaLiga and embarrassed 8-2 by Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarter-finals.
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After receiving Miralem Pjanic in a swap deal that despatched Arthur to Serie A champions Juventus, Barca proceed to be linked with Inter star Lautaro Martinez.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has emerged as a doable goal for Barca, whereas former star Thiago Alcantara has additionally been linked with a transfer from Bayern.
Nevertheless, Koeman stated: “We’re working in the direction of the brand new season and I believe we are going to go into it with the identical group of gamers that we’ve got now for pre-season.”
Barca will open their 2020-21 LaLiga marketing campaign at residence to Unai Emery’s Villarreal on September 26.
Lionel Messi is about to take to the sphere for Barca following a turbulent low season, which noticed the celebrity captain attempt to go away the membership.
Linked to Manchester Metropolis, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Juventus, six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi determined to remain after handing in a switch request amid frustration with Barca’s board.
Requested in regards to the scenario involving Messi, former Barca defender Koeman added: “That has handed me moderately effectively. That was primarily a battle between Messi and the membership.
“I’ve spoken to Messi since then and we are going to proceed as typical.”