Ronald Koeman still wants a new striker in this summer transfer window. He said so himself and it seems that Barcelona’s operation Memphis Depay – Ousmane Dembélé is in full effect.
With the money scarce and options limited, the Catalans will have to sell in order to buy. Multiple previous reports have stated Barcelona have already agreed terms with Depay and the new coach wants him.
However, only the sale of Dembélé would give them the financial power to get that deal over the line. So far, Manchester United are the only real suitors but they just want a loan.
The player himself is apparently starting to have doubts about staying at the Camp Nou and could indeed still leave. In that case, and for Barcelona’s operation Depay – Dembélé to be successful, it will have to be a straight sale.
We still don’t know whether Man United will accept those terms and how much would the Catalans get for their winger. But one thing is for sure – landing Depay will only be possible if Dembélé leaves.
Koeman has, however, used the winger during pre-season and in the 4-0 battering of Villarreal. So there is a place for him in the team if he chooses to stay.
But nothing is set in stone and the club is willing to listen to the coach’s wishes this time around. What will he ultimately decide?
Only time will tell.
Source: Gerard Romero
Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla
Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.
And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.
This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.
The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.
That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.
Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.
With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.
Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.