The storm in Barcelona, which has lasted since last summer, seems to finally subside, and the Catalan giant is slowly but surely finding a way to a peaceful port. Since the August debacle in the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Bayern, there have been problems in the squad of the Spanish club, so the dissatisfaction of Lionel Messi and the desire to leave the club was followed by parting with coach Quique Setien and sports director Eric Abidal.
The storm did not subside with the arrival of Koeman considering that the return of the Dutchman quickly fell into the shadow of the great debt of the Catalans, but also the resignation of President Josep Maria Bartomeu, so it is not surprising that events off the field affected the games as a result of which the Catalan club was eliminated again in the Champions League round of 16.
They are currently in the situation of looking at the back of Atletico Madrid in the Primera. The election of a new president and the appointment of Joan Laporta indicated the course that the stumbled giant will take. Although it was said in the media that one of the changes that the new leadership will bring will be the engagement of a new chief of the professional staff, it becomes almost certain that such a scenario will not happen, and that Koeman will get a chance in the coming period.
Such an epilogue suggests a plan that has already been sketched for the next season, which the head of the professional staff will present in a conversation with the upcoming Laporta. Koeman's team, despite being eliminated from the Champions League, is still in the race for trophies on the domestic scene, considering that they are four points behind Athletic in the Primera, and they will play in the final against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.
In parallel with the fight on two fronts, the Dutch strategist has started making plans for the new season, and it is already known what demands he will face in front of Laporta. The president of Barcelona publicly supported the current coach, and after the match with Paris Saint-Germain, the duo scheduled a conversation at which further steps of the club will be discussed.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Koeman's first condition will be the stay of Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele, players he considers crucial in creating a winning team. In case one of the mentioned two players still does not extend the contract, the condition would be to bring an adequate replacement of the top caliber.
Also, there is a list of potential signings, so from Koeman's perspective, it's necessary to sign a central defender, left-back, midfielder, and striker. Bringing the "nine" is marked as a priority on the summer market, and Koeman's favorites are Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku.
However, the choice will depend on the financial possibilities of the Catalans, and Memphis Depay, the Lyon striker whose contract expires in June 2021, was marked as the most realistic option. A compatriot would bring the Dutchman everything he needs at the center forward position, considering that he is versatile and can play both: as a striker or left-wing Another capital transfer without compensation could represent the signing of the defender, considering that the favorite among the potential signings in the defense is Eric Garcia, who was the club's wish during the fall and winter.
The Dutchman does not hide that the central defender of Manchester City is a player according to his taste, excellent defensive characteristics, good in the game with the ball, and, most importantly, with the contract only until the end of the season.
If the Spaniard arrived as a free agent, in addition to intensifying the competition in the backline, he would leave significant money in the coffers that could be used to bring in other reinforcements.