Unlike Riqui Puig, who has preferred to bet on Barça, Carles Aleñá instructed his agent, Iván de la Peña, to look for a team in the winter market. Kind of not getting into Ronald Koeman’s plans, the Mataró midfielder ended up agreeing to leave on loan to Getafe, where one of his best friends, Marc Cucurella, plays. But, as ARA has learned, this was the alternative to his first choice, which was to be transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The British offered seven million euros to keep it owned.
The same club that helped clean up Barça’s accounts a few months ago by signing Nélson Semedo for 40 million – in an operation led by Jorge Mendes – tried to go fishing again at the Camp Nou with Aleñá, who was looking forward to trying his luck in English football. , where he would have met Adama Traoré, also trained at La Masia. However, the Barça manager did not see the operation clearly: seven million is just half the market value of the footballer. Carles Tusquets rejected the proposal and, in return, the possibility of depositing money that the entity has now been unable to pay to advance the signing of Eric García, an express request from Koeman and Ramon Planes since Piqué was injured.
“If the club says it is not possible [fer fitxatges d’hivern] for an economic issue, we will continue with what we have until the end of the season “, explained the coach in yesterday’s press conference, hours before seeing the faces in the Barça offices with Tusquets and the three aspirants to the Koeman made a last-ditch attempt to repatriate Garcia in the short term despite the institution’s financial difficulties in considering any investment, the power vacuum that exists in the absence of elections, and the debate among the candidates. on whether or not it is appropriate to make an effort for a footballer whose contract expires on June 30. The Dutchman’s will was thwarted by a lack of consensus.
Joan Laporta, who always tries not to make judgments about Koeman, is not in favor of spending now and is betting on the free arrival of García in the summer window. The former president is in tune with Toni Freixa. Víctor Font, on the other hand, had a terrible day. “Eric is a unique case. The sports structure insists on the need to arrive now and it must be a possible investment, as there are no transition seasons at Barça,” said the candidate, who proposed to satisfy the ‘coach with a formula to pay for the modest transfer of Garcia – five million fixed – in installments. On the other hand, the footballer was pressing to be able to leave City now, as he has to play the European Championship between the eyebrows.
Rotations against the Cornellà
Beyond this debate, Koeman wants his Barça to take flight in the Copa del Rey after Sunday’s painful defeat in the Super Cup. Barça visit Cornellà in a single match with the casualties of Leo Messi due to suspension and Sergiño Dest due to injury in connection with the match against Athletic. “We know there can be surprises. It will be complicated, because they will play the game of the year and we are not used to artificial turf, for example. We will have to face the appointment with seriousness and mentality,” said the Dutchman. which has summoned more players from the subsidiary than usual and will make rotations that will reward the less usual ones, such as Junior, Trincao or Pjanic. Especially the lane, Jordi Alba’s substitute, still has options to leave in January. Several Spanish clubs have been interested in taking it on loan.