Joan Laporta, president of the FC Barcelona


Two candidates: Laporta reduces his options to replace Koeman

Published:24/09/2021 - 18:58h

Updated:25/09/2021 - 00:02h

There is a 'contest' to replace Ronald Koeman on the Barça bench. The coach is sentenced and it is a matter of time before the club dismisses him

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There is taut calm in the FC Barcelona. Joan Laporta and Ronald Koeman signed the momentary peace after the tie of this Thursday in Cádiz, but save to a miracle, the Dutch will abandon the City Condal in the next days or weeks. The decision would be taken and now only is missing to know the "when". From the club, in any case, do not want to precipitate to take the decision, no because they think that Koeman has to follow, but because avecinan the parties in front of the Raise, Benfica and Athletic of Madrid, all in less than a week.

The crash in front of the 'levantistas' is key. Koeman Has sure of life until this party, by what a victory will be vital, but neither ensures his permanence. The managerial board of the Barça, chaired by Joan Laporta, is not to taste with the work of the Dutch and the options that has to remain in the Camp Nou are minimum or non-existent. The big problem that have the leaders is to find to the trainer that will seat in the benches; something that has been an impossible task.

There are a lot of free trainers, with possibilities to arrive to the City Condal, but there are two factors that play a key paper: the outlay that have to do the Barça and, also important, that his approach follow the ideals of the 'cruyffismo' that so much pursues the club. Of there that in the offices of the Camp Nou are 'cleaning' his list of options and have remained only two alternatives: Roberto Martínez, seleccionador of Belgium, and Xavi Hernández, Barcelona legend and trainer of the To the-Sadd of Catar. To continuation, review the situation of both technicians:

Martínez, contacted by the culés

Although it does some days Roberto Martínez desmarcaba of the rumours that approached him to the Barça, aiming that "when the things go well, when they obtain good results, also there are rumours. But there is not at all that comment on me in this moment", in the last hours has taken forces the option that it abandon Belgium and lead the Barcelona project of face to the future. It is a trainer that likes a lot to the Barça and that has showed 'explode' the potential of his teams and players.

From 'Goal', in fact, had informed that in Barcelona already have established the first contacts with the Spanish trainer, the one who would have announced to the Belgian Federation that "there are a lot of possibilities that it go ". His exit would cost to the Barça around 1,5 million euros and would produce after the Final Four of the Nations League, (7 and 10 October, in case that they reach the final), by what the Barça lelgaría 'just' to negotiate before the parties in front of Valencia (17/10) and Dynamo of Kiev (20/10).

This would be a change of important script to what has come commenting lately, that the intention is that the agony of the Barça do not extend more and Koeman abandon the club in brief. To be like this, would be two weeks more (at least) with the Dutch to the control waiting for resolving the subject of Roberto Martínez.

Xavi, the option with which 'dream' the barcelonismo

Although it is true that the agreement of Xavi Hernández with the To the-Sadd does not have a clause Barça and that the Barcelona would have to pay an important compensation to the club catarí, the ex midfield player culé is very attentive to all what happen in the City Condal and the options that has to return to the team of his life. It does so alone some months, he same offered to direct sometime to the Barcelona group.

The Catalan had announced that "I do not have any haste. Train to the Barça is a dream and an illusion and did not imagine me that it had had two offers. I seat me much readier and expect that all arrive", but in this point the political and institutional plays a key paper: Joan Laporta is reluctant because Xavi supported the candidature of Víctor Font in the presidential elections of the past month of March.

The president culé, in any case, is not so safe of the 'signing' of Xavi because it would be 'buying' to the ex candidate his program of future. However, it knows that the situation of the Barça is delicate and that the option of the of Terrasa likes in the club and, especially, to the fans.

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