Ronald Koeman appears on Spanish TV and interferes in Barcelona transfer policy


Monday, June 27, 2022 at 10:05 PM• Mart van Mourik • Last update: 22:39

Ronald Koeman openly doubts Robert Lewandowski can add value to Barcelona. The Catalans would like to take over the 33-year-old striker from Bayern Munich, which wants to receive at least sixty million euros. Guest in the program Vaques Sagrades from Esport3 Koeman Barcelona advises against going into business with the Polish attacker for the aforementioned amounts. Furthermore, the future national coach of Orange looks back on his period in the Catalan capital and speaks about the situation of Frenkie de Jong.

Lewandowski’s contract runs for another year and the club management has already made it clear on several occasions that Bayern intends to keep the Pole there. The German national champion does not give an inch and wants to see a much higher amount for his top scorer than the forty million that Barcelona according to the German branch of Sky Sports has bid. Koeman thinks it is unwise that Barca are seriously considering attracting the striker. “He’s a great player, but he’s reached a certain age. He’s 33 now? He may only be playing for two more years. Then I would find fifty or sixty million euros a lot.”

Where Lewandowski has to strengthen the team, there is a chance that Frenkie de Jong will leave Barça. For Manchester United, attracting De Jong is one of the priorities United and hopes, according to the latest reports from Fabrizio Romano, to reach an agreement on a total transfer fee of approximately 85 million euros. Koeman knows that De Jong prefers to stay with his current club. “All I know is that he wants to stay, because that’s what he said a few days ago. What I don’t know is whether they want to get rid of Frenkie or whether they really need the money. After all, he is one of the few players who can make a lot of money.”

Finally, Koeman makes in the last episode of the season Vaques Sagrades take the opportunity to look back on his tenure as coach of Barcelona. He acknowledges on the one hand that it was a liberation to leave the unrest, but on the other, Koeman says that he does not regret his choice for the club at the time. “I was there during the club’s most difficult period. The president (Joan Laporta, ed.) had doubts about me, and he expressed it in the media. That was not good. But I never doubted my choice for Barca. Again: if I get another chance, I would take it again,” said Koeman.


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