Ronald Koeman’s future at Barcelona is a big question mark at the moment. The performances, the team’s play and the open confrontation with the board mean that the hero of Wembley is on the edge and could be dismissed in the middle of a sporting crisis unprecedented in recent years at the Camp Nou.
In order to calm the situation a little, as ‘AS’ reports, president Joan Laporta wanted to bring the Dutch coach closer to his side after the draw against Cadiz at the Nuevo Mirandilla.
According to the report, both sides tried to iron out their differences, with Laporta trying to explain that the club cannot control rumours about possible replacements and that Koeman’s own statement was not necessary. For his part, the coach noted his surprise at the lack of support from the institution.
Despite this rapprochement, the truth is that Ronald Koeman’s continuity in the Barcelona bench is by no means guaranteed and the club is trying to find a reliable replacement, with Xavi Hernandez and Roberto Martinez being the best positioned to take over the position.
Laporta knows that it will not be easy to convince any of the candidates to take over the Barcelona helm in the middle of the season and that is why he will try to seduce the possible replacement with names for the team’s near future.
According to ‘El Nacional’, the president wants the next coach to be the visible head of a winning project that could have four new faces of the highest level: Paul Pogba, Franck Kessie, Paulo Dybala and, of course, Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian is seen by Laporta as the ideal player to lead the new Barca on the pitch and, at the same time, bring the club back to the forefront in terms of marketing, thus palliating the departure of Leo Messi, whose departure seriously affected the club in this area.
The other three wishes of the Barcelona president would also be great market opportunities, as they all finish their contracts with their respective clubs and Barcelona would save the payment of a transfer, as it did last summer with the incorporations of Memphis Depay, Kun Agüero and Eric García.