Ronald Koeman said Barcelona must sell before they can think about signing Lyon captain Memphis Depay as the head coach expects to start the La Liga season with no additions to the squad.
Depay has been tipped to reunite with former Netherlands coach Koeman at Barca following his exploits for Ligue 1 outfit and Champions League semi-finalists Lyon.
However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas – prior to Tuesday’s 2-1 loss against Montpellier – claimed Barca cannot afford to buy Depay due to their finances amid the coronavirus crisis.
Koeman, who has replaced Quique Setien at Camp Nou, was asked about former Manchester United forward Depay amid talk of a €25 million (£23m/$30m) transfer and he told Fox Sports Netherlands: “For Depay to arrive, you must first sell.”
Barca have been linked with a number of players following a miserable 2019-20 campaign, which saw the Spanish powerhouse dethroned by bitter rivals Real Madrid in La Liga and embarrassed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
After receiving Miralem Pjanic in a swap deal that sent Arthur to Serie A champions Juventus, Barca continue to be linked with Inter star Lautaro Martinez.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has emerged as a possible target for Barca, while former star Thiago Alcantara has also been linked with a move from Bayern.
However, Koeman said: “We’re working towards the new season and I think we will go into it with the same group of players that we have now for pre-season.”
Barca will open their 2020-21 La Liga campaign at home to Unai Emery’s Villarreal on September 26.
Lionel Messi is set to take to the field for Barca following a turbulent off-season, which saw the superstar captain try to leave the club.
Linked to Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Juventus, six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi exclusively told Goal he would be staying at the club despite handing in a transfer request amid frustration with Barca’s board.
Asked about the situation involving Messi, former Barca defender Koeman added: “That has passed me reasonably well. That was mainly a conflict between Messi and the club. I have spoken to Messi since then and we will continue as usual.”
It’s the Week Two best bets
Yes, last week Simms got the better of me when it came to straight-up selections and picks against the spread. But when it comes to the money selections, the true clutch picks, I won the weekend.
In our three weekly best bets, I went 2-0-1 and Simms went 1-1-1. We both picked Texans-Chiefs to go over 54 (it was a push), we both took the Raiders to cover (they barely did). However, Simms picked the Colts to cover against the Jaguars, and I picked the Steelers to cover against the Giants.
This week’s best bets appear in the attached video. For amusement purposes only. And by amusement I mean the amusement of having money on the games, whether you’re in a jurisdiction whether that’s legal, or where it’s not.
It’s the Week Two best bets originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Week Two early inactives
Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of kickoff.
Jaguars at Titans
Jaguars: TE Tyler Davis, QB Jake Luton, WR Dede Westbrook, CB Josiah Scott, CB Luq Barcoo, DT Doug Costin
Titans: WR A.J. Brown, RB Darrynton Evans, LB Vic Beasley, LB Derick Roberson, TE Geoff Swaim, OL Jamil Douglas, DL Isaiah Mack.
49ers at Jets
49ers: TE George Kittle, CB Jason Verrett, QB C.J. Beathard, DE Dee Ford, LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, OL Tom Compton
Jets: WR Jamison Crowder, QB Joe Flacco, QB James Morgan, DL Bryce Huff, DL Jordan Willis, CB Nate Hairston
Giants at Bears
Giants: S Adrian Colbert, RB Wayne Gallman, LB T.J. Brunson, LB Carter Coughlin, T Jackson Barton, TE Eric Tomlinson, DL R.J. McIntosh
Bears: WR Ted Ginn Jr., CB Duke Shelley, LB Trevis Gipson, LB Josh Woods, WR Riley Ridley, G Arlington Hambright
Bills at Dolphins
Bills: LB Matt Milano, LB Tremaine Edmunds, LB Del’Shawn Phillips, QB Jake Fromm, TE Lee Smith, RB T.J. Yeldon, OL Ike Boettger
Dolphins: LB Elandon Roberts, OL Adam Pankey, DL Jason Strowbridge, WR Malcolm Perry, S Clayton Fejedelem
Broncos at Steelers
Broncos: RB Phillip Lindsay, LB Mark Barron, DL McTelvin Agim, G Netane Muti, WR Tyrie Cleveland, LB Anthony Chickillo, TE Albert Okwuegbunam
Steelers: G David DeCastro, QB Josh Dobbs, LB Ulysees Gilbert, DL Carlos Davis, TE Zach Gentry
Vikings at Colts
Vikings: CB Cameron Dantzler, WR Chad Beebe, CB Harrison Hand, DE Eddie Yarbrough, T Oli Udoh, DT James Lynch
Colts: TE Jack Doyle, CB Rock Ya-Sin, QB Jacob Eason, DT Eli Ankou, WR Dezmon Patmon, LB E.J. Speed
Falcons at Cowboys
Falcons: DE Charles Harris, CB Kendall Sheffield, DT Marlon Davidson, RB Qadree Ollison, OL John Wetzel
Cowboys: T Tyron Smith, S Reggie Robinson, QB Ben DiNucci, T Alex Light, LB Rashad Smith
Rams at Eagles
Rams: RB Raymond Calais, OL Brian Allen, OL Tremayne Anchrum, WR Trishton Jackson, TE Brycen Hopkins, DL Eric Banks
Eagles: WR Alshon Jeffery, DE Genard Avery, G Jamon Brown, RB Jason Huntley, G Sua Opeta, QB Nate Sudfeld
Lions at Packers
Lions: WR Kenny Golladay, CB Desmond Trufant, TE Hunter Bryant, T Halapoulivaati Vaitai, DT Nick Williams, CB Chris Jones, DE Julian Okwara
Packers: DT Kenny Clark, G Lane Taylor, LB Randy Ramsey, QB Jordan Love, CB Parry Nickerson, TE Josiah Deguara
Panthers at Buccaneers
Panthers: DT Kawann Short, DE Yetur Gross-Matos, G Dennis Daley, QB Will Grier, CB Stanley Thomas-Oliver, DE Shareef Miller
Buccaneers: WR Chris Godwin, DL Khalil Davis, LB Cam Gill, QB Ryan Griffin, WR Tyler Johnson, CB Parnell Motley, G Aaron Stinnie
Week Two early inactives originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
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