Dutchman has transmitted his views to new Barca President Laporta and Sports Director
Ramón Planes. Further talks to analyse the Project will follow.
(transl. MARCA: M.
CARMEN TORRES, Barcelona, 03/25/2021)
Koeman already knows that he will fulfill his contract, the one that links him
to the Barça club until June 2022. Joan Laporta has transmitted his trust in
him on more than one occasion. They have had several contacts, but they still
need to sit and continue to develop the Barça project for the immediate future.
Although the Dutch coach is clear: he wants a champion team. This has been
communicated to the members of the Sports Directorate and the Barça president.
He wants new top players on all lines and insists on the names that were denied
him, for financial reasons, last summer.
has spent the season warning that with the current roster he would have a
difficult time fighting for titles. He opts for two: La Liga, he is only four
points behind Atlético de Madrid, and is classified for the final of the Copa
del Rey. But the Champions League, the master goal, has vanished into thin air.
The team’s strong reaction in 2021, in the national competition he has added 37
out of 39 points, allows him to continue aspiring to the double.
any case, Koeman is ambitious and for the next season he wants to compete with more
substantial guarantees. Therefore he keeps on insisting on positions and names
that he already asked for last summer. Laporta agrees with him that it is
necessary to get the Barcelona fans excited again - and that this only happens
by making new signings and building a champion team that, in addition,
facilitates the continuity of Leo Messi, a footballer that the Dutchman aspires
to keep in his dressing room.
Koeman has insisted on the need to sign a central defender, the chosen one is
Eric García, who gets released from Manchester City in June and whose signing
is now practically closed; and a complete midfielder: last year he called on
Wijnaldum and continues to ask for because, in addition, the current contract
of the Dutch player with his actual employer FC Liverpool fades out in a few
months; then a left-footed winger and a striker. One place for a goal keeper will
depend on if Neto continues.
regard to the attacking line, Koeman is hopeful that Leo Messi, and also Dembélé
will continue with Barca, but, in addition, he keeps on asking for the option
of signing Memphis Depay, who could come as a free agent after he left
Olympique de Lyon. And last but not least he would applauds the arrival of
Erling Haaland, Laporta's priority target.
in addition, has made it clear to the members of the Sports Directorate and
Laporta that such strengthening of the team does not imply that he would bank
less on the youngsters in the dressing room. He longs for the return of Ansu
Fati, he is more than satisfied with the performance of Pedri, Araujo, Mingueza
or Illaix and he has Collado or Konrad very present.
Koeman is clear about is that if Barça wants to fight for the Champions League,
the dressing room must improve. It is time to make transfers (Umtiti, Junior
Firpo, Braithwaite, Matheus ...) and to close signings. Joan Laporta will be
the one who will have the last word regarding the composition of the dressing
room, although the intention is that there is the maximum possible consensus
with the coach.The Dutchman, at least, hopes so.