New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has disclosed the reason behind the struggles of the Spanish La Liga club in the transfer window.
Koeman talked about his new team and the transfer struggles encountered during his latest interview as monitored by popular media outlet Goal.
According to the Dutch tactician, the financial situation at Barcelona was responsible for the struggles in the transfer market.
Barcelona tried to sign a centre forward in the just concluded transfer market but they were unable to secure the signing of their targets.
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The Spaniards wanted a centre forward replacement for Uruguayan international star Luis Suarez.
Suarez was the central striker at Barcelona before he was pushed out by new manager Ronald Koeman.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez was the main striker target but they didn’t have the financial strength to activate the €100m release clause to sign him.
Barcelona turned their attention to Lyon attacker Memphis Depay following the inability to sign Argentine international Martinez from Inter Milan but they were also unable to sign the Dutchman due to financial constraints.
Depay had agreed terms with Barcelona but the Spaniards failed to agree a transfer fee with Lyon mainly due to their financial situation. They were unable to meet his €30m valuation.
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Long-time Chelsea target and France international defender Samuel Umtiti is now desperate to leave Barcelona on better terms in the coming summer transfer window.
The World Cup winner already knows his fate at Camp Nou as he is not in the plans of the new manager, Ronald Koeman,. No wonder he was blasted alongside Ousmane Dembele for refusing to leave the club in the last summer transfer window despite receiving offers from several suitors.
With Frank Lampard desperate to improve his defence, an opportunity might have met with need as Samuel Umtiti would be highly considered by the Blues for a move in the January transfer window.
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The France international defender is looking forward to having a fresh start as he struggled with injuries at the Spanish La Liga outfit and that might have affected his game and performance.
Samuel Umtiti revealed that he had received offers from suitors in the past but there was nothing concrete and he had to stay in Barcelona because he loved the club.
However, he has been plagued with injuries that got him sick severally but that seems to be a thing of the past as he revealed that “I stopped eating meat, fish, and milk. I feel better, I sleep better. I have never felt so good physically. My body has changed. I have lost three kilos. I have recovered. I have never worked so hard. I am happy about it”
A move for a new challenge would be the next step for the French defender and he might consider a move to Stamford Bridge if manager Frank Lampard insists on his signature when the summer transfer window is opened.
The Blues have shipped in more goals than any of the top Premier League teams this season and that is an issue for manager Frank Lampard.
Lionel Messi told why he must avoid the English Premier League
It is understood that the future of Argentina international Lionel Messi is still unsure with Barcelona and has been tipped to leave the club anytime in the future.
Several teams have already made their intention to secure the service of the World Cup winner with Man City, Man United snd Liverpool mentioned as likely suitors for Lionel Messi.
However, La Liga president Javier Tebas in his interview with AFP stated that the World Best player will be damaging his reputation if he moves to the English Premier League.
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He stressed that La Liga is lucky to have enjoyed the presence of the Argentina international for many years as he warned that he must be careful with whatever decision he makes in the future.
The La Liga president stated that Lionel Messi could be lucky to get a better financial offer when he leaves the Catalans but his reputation that has been built for about 20 years could be damaged.
However, it is confirmed that Lionel Messi will remain at Camp Nou for the season but what happens afterward is unknown as it is believed that he is still unhappy at the club.
French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain are reported to be keen on the signature of the Barcelona man while Juventus are also reported to be in the race.
Real Madrid, Barcelona Battle In Shock Fernandes Transfer
Real Madrid and Barcelona are both interested in Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes despite the fact that the Portuguese international joined the club earlier this year.
The Sun claimed that the two Spanish clubs want to capitalise on the reported friction between the player and his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Bruno Fernandes, 26, recently confirmed that he was unhappy at the decision to remove him at halftime during the capitulation against Spurs in the last game.
He was subbed off ahead of the second half of the game with his team trailing 4-1 with ten men.
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French international Martial had been sent off in the first half and that played a big role as the Red Devils suffered the joint heaviest defeat at home in the Premier League era.
Bruno Fernandes has been excellent since his big money transfer from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United in January.
He was named the Player of the Year at Manchester United at the end of last season despite spending half of the campaign at the club.
Bruno Fernandes has already scored two goals and added two assists in four games in all competitions despite the poor start this season. The Red Devils are in the last positions on the league table.