Newly appointed manager Ronald Koeman makes a bold move by planning to sell Barcelona legends for a club cleanup.
After finishing 2nd in the league, getting knocked out in the Copa Del Ray by Athletic Club, and putting up yet another disappointing campaign in the UEFA Champions League, it is safe to say that FC Barcelona has seen better days.
What comes as a bigger surprise is the fashion by which the LaLiga giants got knocked out of the UCL, getting thrashed 8-2 by an in-form Bayern Munich, making it 4 seasons in a row of terrible results in the knockout stages of the competition.
What followed, was the sacking of coach Quique Setien who was just appointed for the 2019-2020 season, and recently the sacking of sporting director Eric Abidal. The Blaugrana are looking to revamp their team for the coming seasons, making big changes, and hopefully, make useful and effective signings. The first step taken was the appointment of Ronald Koeman as the head coach of the team.
One of the first things that are on the Dutchman’s checklist is to let go of a few players in order to gather funds and hopefully pick up some quality players for the rebuilding of the squad. Two such players who might be shown the door are Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba.
The duo is evidently well past their prime, with Suarez struggling to find the back of the net as often as he used to and Alba struggling to defend against the pacy youth emerging from around Europe and in La Liga.
It is no doubt that both of them will go down as legends for the Cules, as they were a huge part of the treble-winning Barca side for the 2014-2015 season. Selling elite players like themselves is a very bold move taken by Koeman as both the players are greatly adored by team captain Lionel Messi. The sale of these players would also free up the wage bill of the club, as players like Suarez, Alba and Pique take up a big majority of it.
The signing of the Dutchman as the manager has been met with mixed responses amongst the fans, with many unimpressed by the track record of the 57-year-old. The former Barcelona player was the Everton coach and was sacked after spending approximately 180 million euros and did not conjure up any significant results. While it is not sure that the condition would be the same at the Catalan club, but the concern regarding the future of the club is justified.
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