Barcelona may be struggling financially but coach Ronald Koeman is still hopeful the club can bring in one more player before the close of the summer transfer window.
The Catalans giants have already brought in Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, and Emerson Royal, but Koeman wants to add another attacker due to the club’s injury situation and following the departure of captain Lionel Messi.
Koeman spoke about his desire to strengthen his squad at a pre-match press conference on Saturday but admitted he does not know if it will be possible due to the club’s difficult financial situation.
“If we analyse all the positions of our squad, we have important players out up front – Ansu, Dembele, Aguero, Coutinho – they are four quality players,” he said. “We have a short list up front and that’s why we are thinking about trying to sign a forward. We have different kinds of profiles. but to have more competition, yes, but it all depends on whether we can sign. If it’s possible we’ll try to sign one player up front.”
A new signing looks impossible unless Barca can offload some players first. The club’s huge debts and La Liga’s salary cap have caused the Catalans all sorts of problems this summer.