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New accomplice for Lionel Messi, Liverpool midfielder and Man City defender


Ronald Koeman has been tasked with turning issues round at Barcelona with loads of modifications on the horizon for the Spanish membership.

Their 2019/20 season resulted in a humiliating 8-2 defeat within the Champions League to Bayern Munich.

Ronald Koeman replaced Quique Setien as Barcelona manager

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Ronald Koeman changed Quique Setien as Barcelona supervisor

Quique Setien was sacked, together with sporting director Eric Abidal, following a trophyless marketing campaign.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu desires to make a complete raft of modifications and his first was to nominate former participant Koeman as supervisor.

He’s additionally prepared to axe a number of gamers and named solely eight that would not be offered.

Messi is frustrated at Barcelona but the club do not want to sell him

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Messi is pissed off at Barcelona however the membership don’t wish to promote him

Bartomeu mentioned: “Messi is untouchable & non-transferable. He is aware of it, everyone knows it.

“However there are numerous non-transferable gamers like (Marc Andre) Ter Stegen, (Clement) Lenglet, (Nelson) Semedo, (Frenkie) De Jong, (Antoine) Griezmann, (Ousmane) Dembele… gamers we’re relying on sooner or later.

“We’ve had (presents) for Ansu Fati, for instance,’ Bartomeu went on.

“However Barca doesn’t wish to promote gamers, though we obtain a number of presents for gamers.

“We don’t wish to promote him. He has an amazing future. I’m telling you from right here, he’s non-transferable.”

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A number of the extra senior gamers within the squad like Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez may very well be changed by youthful gamers.

Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Jordi Alba may be gone this summer time.

Barcelona has already been linked with a number of gamers since Koeman’s arrival with a brand new striker, centre-back and left-back mentioned to be his high precedence.

Miralem Pjanic has additionally joined from Juventus whereas different central midfielders have additionally been rumoured as potential targets.

Right here at talkSPORT.com, now we have taken a take a look at who Koeman may signal.


Georginio Wijnaldum

Koeman is aware of the Liverpool midfielder nicely having coached him with the Netherlands nationwide squad.

Wijnaldum can be within the last yr of his contract at Anfield and so they reportedly have but to supply him a deal.

Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad stories that Wijnaldum is ‘very excessive’ on Koeman’s switch wishlist.

The 29-year-old may very well be considered as the best accomplice for Frenkie De Jong, who did not stamp his authority at Barca since becoming a member of from Ajax final summer time.

Koeman could take advantage in the stalling in contract talks between Liverpool and Wijnaldum

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Koeman may take benefit within the stalling in contract talks between Liverpool and Wijnaldum

Lautaro Martinez

Luis Suarez has been sensational for Barcelona since signing in 2014 with 198 objectives in simply 283 video games.

He has been the proper accomplice for Messi on the pitch and the pair are nice pals off it.

The striker is 33 now, although, and the membership have one eye on the long run.

Spanish publication Sport declare Koeman is able to go after Martinez, who scored 21 objectives for Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan final season.

Their report says the Catalan membership will supply them a alternative of 4 gamers to try to get the deal over the road.

Martinez continues to be solely 23 and will show signing for the long run.

Lautaro Martinez formed a good partnership with Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan

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Lautaro Martinez fashioned partnership with Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan

Eric Garcia

A clean up in defence is required at Barcelona, particularly contemplating their lacklustre show towards Bayern Munich within the Champions League.

Excessive on their listing of targets is their former academy participant Eric Garcia, who broke into the Man City staff final season.

The defender now seems decided to go away the membership and is refusing to signal a brand new contract.

Eric Garcia joined Man City from Barcelona in 2017

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Eric Garcia joined Man City from Barcelona in 2017

Guardiola mentioned: “He introduced (to) us that he doesn’t wish to lengthen his contract with Manchester City. He has yet one more yr and, after that, he doesn’t wish to lengthen.

“We needed it however he doesn’t, so I think about he desires to play in one other place.”

The BBC report that City need £30million for the defender and are ready to maintain him regardless of him getting into the ultimate yr of his contract.

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Jose Gaya

Jordi Alba’s time at Barcelona may nicely be up and left-back Gaya has been recognized as a alternative.

Valencia are in extreme monetary hassle and may very well be compelled into promoting the 25-year-old full again.

Spanish publication Sport declare that Barca will offload Junior Firpo to both Napoli, Inter Milan or Torino to fund a transfer for Gaya.

The left-back got here by means of Valencia’s academy and has featured 227 occasions for the membership and made seven appearances for the Spain nationwide staff.

Jose Gaya has been an integral part of Valencia’s squad

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Jose Gaya has been an integral a part of Valencia’s squad

How Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona may line-up subsequent season.

How Barcelona could line-up under Ronald Koeman

How Barcelona may line-up beneath Ronald Koeman

Antoine Griezmann didn’t have a lot of an impression at Barcelona in his first season however issues weren’t proper on the membership.

They spent £120million on him final summer time and except they’ll recoup that determine then he’ll seemingly keep.

If the membership indicators Martinez then a entrance three of him, Messi and Griezmann has the potential to be potent.

In midfield, De Jong is the long run and may hopefully be extra settled in his second season. He additionally has the additional advantage of understanding Koeman nicely due to his time as Netherlands supervisor.

Frenkie de Jong was snapped up by Barcelona last summer from Ajax

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Frenkie de Jong was snapped up by Barcelona final summer time from Ajax

Miralem Pjanic has already signed from Juventus and with Wijnaldum both aspect of the Dutch midfielder, it may very well be a powerful arrange.

Lenglet and Semedo are staying, that a lot was clear from Bartomeu.

So, if Koeman will get his defensive targets then it may very well be pretty straight swaps for Pique and Alba.






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