Barcelona coach Ronaldo Koeman has finally admitted that he is willing to sign in the transfer window of January but says that depends on who is elected as the next president of the club.
Following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation last year, Barca will hold elections on January 24, but the absence of a permanent board means that they are unable to trade in the transfer sector, something Koeman hopes to do at the end of the month.
Barcelona has a stake in Eric Garcia, defender of Manchester City, and Memphis Depay, forward of Lyon, who Koeman was in charge of during his time as manager of Holland.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who is in the final year of his deal at Anfield, also has a long-held interest in Barcelona and Koeman.
The Dutchman told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s LaLiga meeting in Granada, ‘The best thing would be to have a president in place as soon as possible because it would give us negotiating time,’
‘It’s important that we have some replacements in a short time because we want to strengthen the squad. We need to be more competitive and raise competition for locations.
‘There are several reasons for signing, but I also understand the situation in which the club is and we will wait for next season if we can’t make any signings.’
Earlier this week, Koeman insisted that if he was unable to put in his January goals, he ‘can rely on the players already at the club.’
For the trip to Andalusia, Koeman will be without long-term absentees Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, Philippe Coutinho, and Sergi Roberto, whilst center-back Clement Lenglet is suspended.
He admitted that the gap of seven points behind Atletico Madrid’s league leaders, who have two games in hand, means that third-placed Barca can tolerate no more slip-ups.
After beating bottom side Huesca 1-0 and Athletic Bilbao 3-2, they will be looking for their third straight Liga title.