After years of spending a lot of money on the football market, Barcelona fell to the lowest branches in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. It's not just about money for the new players, but until a few days ago, the question was open whether the club would go bankrupt due to heavy debts.
The technical administration managed to agree on the postponement of the payment of over 170,000,000 euros in the name of salaries and bonuses for the next four years, but that does not mean that Barcelona sailed into a peaceful port.
Far from it. The first man of the technical management, Carles Tusquets, explained how bad the situation in the club is and clearly told Ronald Koeman that bringing new players this winter is possible only under the condition that the club sells someone from the current lineup beforehand.
It didn't help that Koeman gave up on part of his salary in advance, although the view of the team doesn't instill much confidence in him.
Eric Garcia and Marten de Roon
Due to severe injuries, Koeman practically does not have a real central defender in the team, Manchester City still does not give up even a step in the negotiations for Eric Garcia, although he will be a free player in the summer.
One of the ideas was to rush a short-term solution this winter, but the former coach of the Netherlands hopes that the financial situation will improve at least a little and thus get the opportunity to bring a defender in the first month of next year.
Garcia is still the first idea, but there is a belief that Manchester City will not change the mind, like, for example, Lyon with the departure of Memphis Depay, when the first man of the club, Jean-Michel Ola, will not let him go until the summer, with the risk of losing his captain without compensation.
Regardless of everything, Ronald Koeman added another name to the wish list for zero euros. He is a defensive midfielder, Marten de Roon. The Atalanta footballer is one of many who will be able to negotiate with other clubs about the free transfer in the summer, but in Barcelona, they are thinking how to persuade the leaders of the team from Bergamo to let him go for the winter and increase competition in the midfield.
It will not be an easy job at all, because De Roon is a regular first-team player, regardless of the fact that he has a little less than seven months left on his contract.
Atalanta will have to think carefully about selling their best player, and this type of player would certainly be a great signing for a club like Barcelona because it is obvious that there is a lack of creativity in the Barcelona midfield.
Pjanic and De Jong but also Busquets are not so good this season and with the arrival of De Roon the competition would be bigger and thus there would be a bigger fight between the players for a place in the first 11