Koeman is missing parts

With just over two weeks to go to the start of the competition, the coach is still waiting for the reinforcements he needs, but the situation seems stalled.


In fifteen days, Ronald Koeman's Barcelona will debut in LaLiga by hosting Villareal at the Camp Nou and to this day, the culé coach is still waiting for the pieces he needs to build his project. At the moment, the Blaugrana coach has 90 percent of the squad that finished last year, plus the loans that have returned from their experiences in various teams and the players who signed up last year. In other words, Koeman has players but the pieces he wants are missing.

The new Barcelona coach has not yet been able to incorporate a player of his choice for the project he has in mind. The two players requested by the Dutchman are two of his compatriots: midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum (29 years old, Liverpool) and forward Memphis Depay (26 years old, Olympique de Lyon). The one that seems to be closer to arriving is the second, although it depends on how the departure of Luis Suárez is going to be solved, which is complicated at times.

Depay acknowledged after Tuesday's game in Holland against Italy that “I know there is interest, but I cannot say much more, mainly because I have not spoken much with my agent either. We are going to wait and see what happens ... Tomorrow I will speak with Olympique de Lyon. ”

The position of Olympique de Lyon and especially of its president, Jean Michel Aulas is not of maximum collaboration, as can be deduced from a tweet he posted yesterday. “If Memphis could leave in August, it would have to stay with us on 20/21! Contrary to what I have read, there was no negotiation with Barça, I don't think OL is interested in letting his captain go after this year truncated by the LFP, "he said.

Olympique signed Depay for 16 million euros in 2017 to Manchester United, which in turn paid 34 to PSV, where he coincided with Koeman. Now they would not negotiate for less than 30. Barcelona tries to reduce the price wanting to introduce Samuel Umtiti in the operation, a player clearly undervalued and with a salary beyond the reach of the French team.

However, the key to the operation is in the exit of Suárez. The Uruguayan has a closed agreement with Juventus, but does not agree with the club on the settlement of his contract.

The other open front for Koeman is the hiring of Wijnaldum, a player that the technician considers strategic for his project. He knows him well and is looking for a footballer who knows how to interpret the game that the new coach will try to impose. The club demands a bet on another style of footballer under the same contractual and age conditions as Thiago, but for Koeman it seems that it is not negotiable.

But as the negotiations drag on, Koeman needs his demands to be realized because the competition is coming up, the clock is ticking down and everything seems to depend on the exits. The next few weeks are intense because the technical secretariat of the entity begins to accumulate the work and Koeman wants to start working with his people. And parts are missing.

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