16 Jan Barcelona transfer plans held up by presidential election delay
The postponement of Barcelona’s presidential election has had a knock-on impact on the membership’s transfer plans, with a deal for Eric Garcia now set to be put on maintain till the summer time.
Barca coach Ronald Koeman was additionally hopeful of signing one other ahead in January, with Lyon’s Memphis Depay a goal, however must work with the gamers he already has between now and the tip of the season.
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Barca had been resulting from elect a brand new president on Jan. 24 after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned in October following a motion to have him face a vote of no confidence.
Nonetheless, following a gathering on Friday, it was determined along with the native authorities that it could be irresponsible to carry the election subsequent week because of the rising variety of COVID-19 instances in Catalonia.
Appearing president Carles Tusquets met with the three candidates for the presidency — Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa — later on Friday to debate a brand new date.
March 7 was agreed upon, which suggests Barca will stay with no president by way of the January transfer window.
Tusquets doesn’t have the ability to make signings however sporting director Ramon Planes, with the backing of Koeman, has been working on offers for the incoming president to log out.
A unfastened settlement is in place to signal Manchester Metropolis defender Garcia, who’s out of contract in the summertime, for a price of round €6 million however the three candidates refused to sanction the signing.
“[Tusquets] knowledgeable us that there is a chance to signal Eric Garcia,” Laporta confirmed to reporters after Friday’s assembly.
“However he’s out of contract in June and can be out there on a free transfer — so long as the sporting construction in place at the moment inexperienced gentle the signing.
“The membership knowledgeable us there isn’t any cash; that they need to search for imaginative methods to have the ability to pay [City]. So, we should see in June, when there isn’t any transfer value concerned.”
With Gerard Pique out with a knee harm for the foreseeable future, Koeman had been eager to herald one other centre-back this month after failing to land Garcia, who left Barca for Metropolis in 2017, final summer time.
The Dutch coach has additionally been open about his want to signal Depay from Lyon, one other participant who is accessible free of charge on the finish of the season.