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He scored 25 goals in the season and is Ronald Koeman's impossible plan B in case Memphis Depay fails

By Fredi Roman

He scored 25 goals in the season and is Ronald Koeman's impossible plan B in case Memphis Depay fails

The Barcelona coach already plans the 2021-2022 season. 

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This Saturday, Barcelona will play a vital game in their aspirations to be able to become champion in La Liga. He will receive Atlético Madrid, the leader of the competition, in his stadium, and if he adds three, he will surpass him in the standings. And despite the fact that the current season is not yet over, the Dutch coach of the Catalan cast is already thinking about the future.

Memphis Depay, who ends his contract with Lyon this June, is the name that Ronald Koeman has put on the table to reinforce Barça's attack next season, as long as he fulfills his second year of contract, and the director of football, Mateu Alemany, held a meeting with his representative to negotiate a downward contract. The agreement is still non-existent pending how La Liga ends.

If his hiring failed, apart from a first-line star such as Erling Haaland, the Barça coach has always had a list for plan B. Although it is impossible, one of the names would be Donyell Malen, forward of 22 years of PSV Eindhoven, who has 25 goals and 9 assists in 43 games. The Dutch coach is enthusiastic about this player and would have already commented on it to the technical secretariat. The problem is the price of it and, in addition, it is also worn by Mino Raiola

Despite his youth, Donyell Malen has already been an international for the Dutch national team under the direction of Koeman himself, so the Barça coach knows first-hand what the forward could offer to the Barça squad.

Donyell Malen is looking for other big teams in Europe

Donyell Malen has a contract until next summer 2024, but according to versions of the press in the Netherlands he is preparing to change of scene, a possibility that would take him to Borussia Dortmund or AC Milan. The first with a lot of odds, if Haaland ends up leaving in June.




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