Less than fifteen days before the Santander League debut against Villarreal, Ronald Koeman and Barcelona continue working on the design of a squad that is far from closed. These are busy days at Can Barça, from where they work on releasing those players who do not count for the new coach, as well as the arrival of some signings to strengthen the squad.
Among the additions that Koeman wants in the squad, apart from the express requests of the technician, three of them stand out who are at home. It is the case of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann, three footballers for whom the Dutchman will bet decisively: he has already informed them that he has them for this season.
So, the three most expensive signings in the history of Barcelona will have a hole in Koeman’s plans. Starting with Griezmann, the Frenchman is in luck on the arrival of the new coach at the club. Despite his difficult first season at Barça, Koeman is confident that he will recover his best version and this is how he transmitted it to them when they met: « What you did at Atlético you will do at Barcelona », He told the French striker, who has denied in the last hours his possible departure from the Barça entity.
Opportunity for Coutinho and Dembélé
Ronald Koeman also has Dembélé and Coutinho. The Brazilian, who scored a double in the historic 2-8 in the Champions League, is back in Barcelona after his loan to Bayern Munich and will have the opportunity to silence his critics and triumph at the Camp Nou. This was confirmed by his agent: «Yes, he stays and will play for Barcelona. Koeman called him right after the Champions League victory with Bayern and told him that it was part of his plans. And that he would like me to come back, ”Joorabchian said.
With Ousmane Dembélé the story is different. Both Koeman and the club are convinced of the quality of the French player, but the shadow of injuries continues to scare. Next will be the winger’s fourth season in Barcelona and it will be his last chance to agree with the club that paid 105 million plus 40 variables to replace Neymar.
The new Barcelona coach has Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann, three footballers who have suffered a lot in their beginnings in Barcelona, but they have the confidence of the technician. Three signings that are at home.