Barcelona president deals a shock at the new coach ... and controversy over Messi's salary
"Sport" newspaper, close to Barcelona, revealed that President Joseph Bartomeu gave a severe shock to the new Dutch coach Ronald Koeman after he revealed to him that the club did not have the financial capabilities to make the contracts he wanted.
The biggest surprise was that the new striker with whom the newspapers spoke of completing the agreement, the Dutchman Memphis Depay, was not completed because Bartomeu assured his Lyon counterpart Jean-Michel Aulas that the club was unable to meet all the financial demands that the French club, which amounted to about 30 million euro.
And after Dutch newspapers published that Lyon had received confirmation from Barcelona to complete the agreement and pay the required amount, Lyon club president Jean-Michel Olas tweeted: “The Barcelona club president told me that they are in financial difficulty due to the Corona virus, and they do not have enough money to make an offer to the striker Depay.”
"Sport" also said that coach Koeman offered the club to discuss the possibility of contracting the Belgian Inter Milan striker Lukaku, especially since he had previously coached him in Everton, England, but Bartomeu's response was not late, and he told the coach to forget Lukaku because they were unable to respond to the club's big financial demands. Italian.
This prompted Coman to discuss the options available to him with the new situation, and the newspaper said that he spoke to the Uruguayan Luis Suarez yesterday, and told him that if he did not leave, he might enter his accounts for the current season.
On the other hand, a new controversy was raised in the Barcelona club, this time over the salary of the star and captain of the Argentine team, Lionel Messi, which amounts to about 60 million euros.
The club management offered Messi to waive part of his salary and contribute to alleviating the financial distress on the club’s treasury, but Messi's response was delayed, and the matter has not yet been decided, and a time limit to discuss the matter.
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