FC Barcelona are reportedly planning to register Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia on Saturday(tomorrow). The duo will be available to feature in the club’s La Liga opener against Real Sociedad on Sunday. The Catalans are expecting that Sergio Aguero will be registered later this month with the club a bit more relaxed about the Argentine as he has been ruled out for 10 weeks with injury and is not expected to play again until November.
However, Emerson Royal reportedly doesn’t need to be registered as a new signing as Barcelona shared ownership rights with Real Betis. Emerson is already registered as he is not seen as a new transfer because he’s coming back from a loan at Real Betis.
Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to be registered
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are all set to register new signings Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia on Saturday despite the club’s well-documented financial problems and their need to reduce the wage bill. There have been concerns over whether or not Barcelona will be able to register the new players before their season opener against Real Sociedad. This gives the Dutch boss Ronald Koeman some relief as Memphis Depay looked good in the pre-season friendlies. The Netherlands international scored thrice in four matches.
After Lionel Messi’s departure, the Catalans are in a state of despair. Manager Ronald Koeman has now offered his thoughts on how his team will cope in the Argentine’s absence. He said he is disappointed at the shocking nature of Messi’s exit and said the club has to focus on moving on now.
“We have new players in and we have to move forward and we have time for that. We have young players in the squad this season and it’s also for the future, we are working on the future of this club and it’s really important to have our focus on this and not focus on what happened in the last few days.
“Of course, we will have more difficulties to score goals, Messi scored 30 goals last season. So other players need to bring more and take the next step and it’s more about the team now than individual players.
“It’s not always one player, you have to do it together. Hopefully, we get players back from injury like Ansu Fati and Coutinho and then we still have a strong squad. We will work harder; we will do more to achieve what people expect from us.
“We are still in the transition. We have to understand that the start of this season is difficult. We still have COVID, for all the clubs, but still we have players with injuries so we cannot put all the players for playing because we are still missing good players. We did a good preseason, we have young players in, but if we get all the players back from injury the squad is still a strong one.”
Barcelona are desperate to get Phillipe Coutinho off their books. The Brazilian has only made just 14 appearances in the 2020-21 season before being sidelined with an injury. The former Liverpool player earns €9 million annually in wages. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Catalans have offered the 29-year-old to Serie A outfit Lazio. Barcelona are reportedly willing to cut 50% of Coutinho’s wages. But even then Coutinho’s wages could be too expensive for Lazio. It is further claimed that Coutinho wants to move to a Champions League playing club. Worse yet, Lazio are in a horrible financial situation themselves and will need to sell players before they can register new ones.
It will be interesting to see what business the Catalans will be able to pull off in the rest of the summer transfer window. The summer transfer window is set to close on 11pm, Tuesday, August 31.