Everything seems to indicate that Barcelona will close the 2020/21 season with the Copa del Rey as the only trophy raised, after the elimination in the Champions League against PSG in the round of 16 and having remained far from the top of La Liga, when they still There are two dates ahead and the title seems to be from Atlético or Real Madrid. In this context, the leadership of Joan Laporta, who took office just months ago, faces what will be its first transfer market, in which it will not only look for players.
It's that Ronald Koeman, who has a contract until June 2022, arrived last year at the technical direction by decision of the previous president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, so he is constantly on trial for the new board, which after the 3-3 tie against Levante and having only gained two points from the last nine at stake, he seems to have decided that his last name will not be part of the Barça future.
This is how the main sports portals in Catalonia state this Wednesday, not only anticipating a prompt departure from the coach, but also already considering his replacement.
The Sport site this Wednesday published an article in which it names seven coaches that the Laporta leadership like and who could be tempted to take office as of June. The information highlights that there have not yet been negotiations for any of them, but that their names have already been mentioned in the Camp Nou offices.
Two Argentines appear among the candidates. The first of them is Marcelo Gallardo. The River Plate idol had already been surveyed some time ago by the Bartomeu leadership, but now it is back in the folder. His coaching career so far has been brilliant at the helm of the Argentine club with which he has won 12 titles, including two Libertadores Cups. He also conquered the Uruguayan championship with Nacional in 2012.
The Muñeco has a contract with the institution of Núñez, but the Catalan team would be willing to tempt him because his winning mentality is exactly what Laporta is looking for for his new project, with which he aims for the club to win the Champions League again, a contest that has not won since 2015.
The other Argentine mentioned is Gabriel Milito. “Laporta loves to surprise. He already did it with Guardiola. He played it and it turned out well. Now he could repeat with the former player formula”, says Sport, recalling the passing of the current Argentinos Juniors coach to Barcelona as a player between 2007 and 201. The defender forged a great relationship with Pep, whom he points to as one of his references, so his knowledge of the club and his football palate would be a perfect match.
Who are the other five candidates to replace Ronald Koeman?
The historic former midfielder Xavi, Jürgen Klopp, Jordi Cruyff, Thierry Henry and García Pimienta are the other coaches who seduce President Joan Laporta.