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
Koeman only has two options for the centre-back position against Juventus
After losing against Real Madrid, Ronald Koeman has yet another tough fixture to his rough start in Catalunya. In the second Champions League game of his tenure, Koeman faces Juventus in what seems like a battle of two struggling coaches. On the one hand, Andrea Pirlo is winless in his last three league games as Koeman is.
Moreover, Pirlo is missing three centre-backs, with Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt out for the Wednesday clash. Still, Koeman isn’t any luckier since Gerard Piqué is out because of the red card he got against Ferencvaros. Without the “President” in defence, the Dutchman will have to compose with Ronald Araujo and Clément Lenglet. The pair are two brilliant centre-backs who haven’t played alongside each other much, however.
This fixture is the hardest in the group for the Catalans as they face the toughest opponent away from home, a recurrent problem for the Culés in European competitions. Also, if something happens to Araujo or Lenglet, the backup defender is Oscar Mingueza. The youngster was included along with four other Barça B players in the UCL squad. This test will be interesting to see, and Koeman has to win his first big game with Barcelona.