Barcelona did not have a fruitful transfer window due to a lack of funding from the club. The La Liga giants suffered huge losses as the coronavirus pandemic left them financially weak. There were no TV rights as well as no ticket sales for the past few months. The current scenario has had an adverse effect on the Barcelona squad. Ronald Koeman could not pursue his transfer targets on the shortlist.
Short on funds: Barcelona facing economic instability
The Dutchman needed to balance the books first before making any move during the transfer break. SPORT reports that Barcelona has successfully saved about 80 million from their current wage bills. Koeman sorted out his squad as he noticed his players’ performances in the pre-season. The Blaugrana let go of some important players who took up high salaries. Veteran midfielders Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal move to Sevilla and Inter Milan respectively.
Barcelona legend Luis Suarez did not receive a proper farewell as he left the club after 6 years as the third high goal scorer of all time. His best friend Lionel Messi criticized the board for the unexpected dispersal of the Uruguayan striker. The 33-year-old joined La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid and has already picked up his form scoring a brace on debut.
Koeman rescues Barcelona
Barca also sacrificed Portugues right-back Nelson Semedo to sponsor their transfer budget to Premier Lague outfit Wolverhampton Wolves. Rafinha Alcantara left the club to join French champions Paris Saint Germain under Thomas Tuchel. Todibo was sent out on loan on the deadline day to SL Benfica. Koeman achieved his goal of balancing the books from the sales in the summer transfer window.
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It was necessary to get rid of the surplus expenditure on salaries to maintain UEFA financial Fairplay rules. The Durch manager has already chalked out his squad as he will have to play without a proper number 9 after missing out on Memphis Depay. Koeman did brilliantly to win his first competitive match for Barcelona against Villareal. The Catalunya side thrashed their opponents 4-0 with La Masia graduate Ansu Fati grabbing a brace.
Club captain Lionel Messi has also started to net goals with the creative duties reduced. Koeman is using a new formation at Camp Nou with forms a double pivot. The transition in attack is interesting to watch with ample of opportunities created. However, Barcelona had a tough match against Sevilla as it ended in a draw.