Ronald Koeman was refreshingly sincere this weekend when discussing Barcelona’s choices within the forthcoming switch markets.
He was open that Barcelona are nonetheless all for Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldium, Lyon’s Memphis Depay, and in addition Manchester Metropolis defender Eric Garcia.
And he additionally conceded that Lionel Messi nonetheless needs to go away the Nou Camp, after reluctantly agreeing to remain for this season having initially declaring his intention to go away.
Crucially, Koeman stated no participant can are available in with out some outgoings. That’s the place Metropolis can are available in and assist.
The Blues had been robust of their stance over Garcia this summer season – if Barca did not meet their valuation, they would not promote. Even with the danger of Garcia leaving without cost in June, Metropolis had been true to their phrase, refusing to budge even £2m beneath the determine they needed.
Barcelona may come again in January, Koeman says, relying on their funds, such is their admiration of the younger centre-back. His valuation will clearly be a lot decrease, however Metropolis might nonetheless recoup a few of their funding in Garcia since he joined from La Masia and has risen via the CFA to turn out to be a primary staff choice for Pep Guardiola.
Promoting Garcia would additionally enable Metropolis to position some sell-on clauses into the deal, relying on how Garcia fares again at Barcelona. It appears he’s earmarked as a long-term choice on the again for Barca, however that does not imply they cannot nonetheless revenue from his success ought to he signal for them.
After all, Metropolis would like to maintain Garcia if accidents hit the defence once more, however a January transfer might be a good compromise for all events.
Talking of compromise, Garcia will not be the one participant out of contract in the summertime, vulnerable to shifting without cost on the finish of his contract.
So might Koeman’s admission that Messi continues to be set on leaving the Nou Camp persuade bosses at Barca to permit him to go away in January?
Some studies declare Messi might be obtainable for as little as £15m – a deal that will certainly be much more extraordinary than signing the world’s finest participant on a free switch.
After all, Barca might take the identical view as Metropolis – their participant is value extra over the complete season than accepting any cut-price deal. That is very true for Messi, who shall be key to any hopes of La Liga or Champions League success.
That will not cease Metropolis dreaming, although, and so they’ve already stated they’re able to signal Messi. If they’re in talks with Barca over any transfer for Garcia, possibly a cheeky supply for Messi might be value a shot to check their switch resolve.