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Koeman has it clear: He wants a Champion Barça

Koeman has it clear: He wants a Champion Barça

The 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)

Ronald 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.

Koeman 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.

In 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.

Thus, 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.

In 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.

Koeman, 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.

What 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.

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