The clock was ticking and in the end, Barcelona made no last-minute signings this summer. A lot what still expected but Ronald Koeman didn’t get his centre-back and a centre-forward at the end of the day.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the window was a complete waste. Lots of players came in and lots departed the club. Mundo Deportivo outlined three main candidates whose operations fell apart and two who were successfully sold.
Memphis Depay remained at Lyon, Eric García didn’t make the switch from Manchester City and Ousmane Dembélé remained a Barça player. On the other hand, both Rafinha Alcântara and Jean-Clair Todibo departed.
The former was sold to Paris Saint-Germain while the latter completed a two-year loan deal to Benfica.
SPORT went with the cover that implied that Barcelona made no last-minute signings this summer. Everyone was expecting something to go through but in the end, they only managed to let some of the players go.
Since Dembélé wasn’t sold to Man United, there was no money to fund the Depay transfer. García can still arrive as a free agent next season and will likely sign a pre-contract during the winter window.
So not all is lost. The Catalans have managed to save up some money and free up the wage bill at the very least. Now we’ll have to see whether Koeman can work with this squad.