Barcelona is trying hard to make this transfer window count. The club has been through a lot but is gradually coming back in form. Barca made a flying start to the new season. Ronald Koeman bagged a win in his competitive debut for the Catalan outfit. Ansu Fati scored a brace and showed what the future holds for him. Fati received praise from the Dutch boss in the post-match conference. Club captain and talisman Lionel Messi netted his first goals of the season from the penalty spot.
Koeman had a lot to do as he arrived in Barcelona. He observed the performance of his players and sorted out his squad for the upcoming season. Club veterans like Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, and Luis Suarez exited Camp Nou as they were surplus to requirements. The board is aiming to implement a new model so that the team is rebuilt with young talents groomed by legends like Messi and Pique.
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Till now in this season, Barcelona has signed youngsters from across Europe. Francisco Trincao, Pedri, and Sergino Dest are the blooming players to feature for the Blaugrana. Koeman is still awaiting to complete the business with two players pending on his shortlist. He knows Barcelona is economically weak due to the coronavirus pandemic and big expenditure in the past few seasons.
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Lyon’s Memphis Depay is one of the cheap alternatives for Lautaro Martinez. Koeman has already worked with the Ligue 1 striker in the national team. Hence, it will be easy for the player to settle down into Koeman’s tactics and team strategy. Another player who awaits hi arrival at Barcelona is none other than former La Masia graduate Eric Garcia. The 19-year-old Manchester City defender is one of the main targets for the Catalunya-based club.
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Barca previously tried to sign the player for €15 million but Manchester City did not agree with the fees. Since Barcelona cannot spend much, they are trying their luck offering a swap deal of Rafinha Alcantara plus €8 million. €2 million will be the additional cost on variables if the deal goes through successfully. As per Gerard Morena at RAC1, Barcelona may fancy if the negotiation goes down well as City have reduced their asking fees to €20 million. The transfer window shuts on Monday, October 5, and so Koeman has to act quickly. Barca will try to seal the move as soon as possible.