Only Ivan Rakitic left Barcelona, who returned to Seville for a symbolic sum, while Philippe Coutinho returned to the team after the end of his loan to Bayern Munich, and the club is struggling to find lucrative contracts for many of its players, including Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Ravenina, Samuel Umtiti and others.
Koeman said in an interview with “Fox Sports”, that Barcelona could not conclude any new deals before selling some players before the current transfer period ends on the fifth of next October.
The Dutch newspaper “De Telegraph” said on Tuesday that there is an agreement between Barcelona and Olympique Lyon, but according to Koeman, this is not the case, which was agreed upon by Jean-Michel Olas, Lyon Olympic club president, who confirmed that Barcelona did not have the money to contract with Depay.
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“In fact, you really have to sell first in order to be able to think about new reinforcements and engagements,” Koeman said.
The Spanish government provided support to clubs earlier this year on the condition that their money is not used in contracts, as clubs are allowed to conclude deals if there is an additional 100% income, in return half of the income will be used for the deal, and the other half will go to the country to pay off the Coronavirus crisis loan. .
The Dutch coach added: “We are now working towards the new season and I think we will do that with this group that is available to us now.”
Regarding his relationship with captain Lionel Messi and his insistence on leaving the club and then retracting his decision, Koeman said: “The crisis was between Messi and the club mainly. I spoke to the player and we will continue to work with each other.”
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