Cuatro Deportes report that current Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman will not have any final say in the club’s summer transfer dealings. His continuity is not assured, and therefore, president Joan Laporta wants to make signings according to the sporting project he has outlined.
Laporta believes that his first and foremost duty is to provide an exciting and winning sports project for the fans and also for Lionel Messi, in order to ensure the Argentine’s continuity. The president, therefore, does not want to risk deviating from his project to make signings.
Although Laporta will listen to Koeman about the players he wants, the Dutch coach will not have the final say on any moves. It is clear that Koeman wants to sign Memphis Depay for the team, but Barcelona’s new board views Sergio Aguero of Manchester City as the better alternative.
Aguero announced recently that he would be departing England after his current contract with City expires this summer. Barcelona believe that the Argentine is the perfect low-cost alternative to join short-term and reinforce the striker position, a department in which Barcelona have been severely lacking.
However, Aguero will have to accept lower economic terms if he is to join. Since Barcelona are, of course, undergoing a major financial crisis, they cannot afford to provide the 32-year old with a deal as lucrative as the one he might have hoped for, or had at Manchester City. He will also most likely have to accept a secondary role within the team.
Koeman’s continuity, on the other hand, depends on how the team performs in the final eight games of the La Liga season, as well as the upcoming Copa del Rey final on Saturday against Athletic Club Bilbao, which may be Barcelona’s best shot at silverware this season.
Laporta has previously stated however that Koeman has the trust and backing of the board and will be evaluated fairly when the time comes. Given that the Dutchman has done a good job with the side given the circumstances, he may well continue for another season.