It wasn’t exactly the best of weekends for the Catalans. But even still, Ronald Koeman has a plan and he confirmed it himself that he’ll try to bring Memphis Depay to Barcelona. Of course, it depends on the club’s financial situation but that’s the plan nonetheless.
The papers are focusing on his direct statements once again. The defeat to Getafe hurt the squad but the coach is now on the attack. SPORT have highlighted four main points the Dutchman has made.
Firstly, Koeman confirmed he wants to bring Depay to Barcelona in January. Still, he knows it doesn’t depend solely on him and his wishes but the Dutch forward is the priority. Secondly, he’s very happy with Lionel Messi’s attitude and performances.
If there were any doubts on Leo’s commitment, now they are gone as the Argentine is smiling and enjoying himself once more. Thirdly, he discussed the goodbye of Luis Suárez and said he was still on vacation when it happened. For that reason, they only had a conversation over the phone but he also claims he was straightforward and sincere with the Uruguayan.
Finally, he briefly touched upon the elections and the future, claiming that if he does well, there’s no reason for the new board to discard him immediately.
Mundo Deportivo, on the other hand, are focusing on Depay and some renovations.
They also claim the gaffer will try to bring his countryman in January but speak of Clément Lenglet’s renovation too. It hasn’t been talked about much but it could happen soon.
Apart from that, Barcelona are preparing for the Champions League and the clash against Real Madrid in LaLiga.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.