‘We tried to improve the squad and in some positions we could, in some others we couldn’t’: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman admits club’s financial situation hampered rebuilding job during summer transfer window
- Barcelona struggled to make signings as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
- Koeman missed out on key targets including Lyon forward Memphis Depay
- The club also had to reduce wages leading to players like Luis Suarez leaving
- Barcelona will have to rely on youngsters including the talented Ansu Fati
A precarious financial situation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, meant Koeman could not strengthen the squad in certain areas ahead of his first season as manager.
Luis Suarez, Arthur, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal all left the club, while Barca brought in Miralem Pjanic, Sergino Dest and youngsters Trincao, Pedri and Matheus Fernandes.
The coronavirus pandemic hindered Ronald Koeman’s transfer activity at Barcelona
Barcelona missed out on key targets including Dutch forward Memphis Depay from Lyon
Koeman told Barca TV: ‘The squad is okay, I’m happy with the squad I have.
‘We have tried to improve the squad and in some positions we could, in some others we couldn’t. That was because of the financial situation of the club, so we have to accept it and keep working.’
Barcelona announced that they were hit by €97 million (£87m) in losses and a decrease of €203m (£184m) in revenue.
As a result Koeman couldn’t strengthen the club like he had hoped during the summer transfer window.
The former Dutch international coach had hoped to reunite with Lyon forward Memphis Depay by bringing him to the Nou Camp.
The club were linked with a late switch for the 26-year-old but the club could not put through a deal.
Sergino Dest and Miralem Pjanic were both brought to the Nou Camp during the summer
Despite missing out on the forward, the form of 17-year-old wonderkid Ansu Fati is something for Barcelona fans to get excited by.
Fati has scored three goals in as many games and has also broken into the Spanish national team.
Koeman knows that Fati could be a hugely valuable asset to the club but says that he still has a lot to learn.
Ansu Fati has impressed for Barcelona this season scoring three goals in as many games
He said: ‘At that age to play three games in a row at such a high level means he is very good, a great talent.
‘Of course he still has a lot to learn, but he is a boy eager to keep learning, he trains every day to improve, so we are here to help him out.
‘Now he is with the national team. Right now, there is nobody in the world who is 17 years old to play in such a high-level national team as Spain are.’