Ronald Koeman’s frustrated response to Ronaldo and Mbappe transfers

The Barcelona boss has lambasted two of the most high-profile transfers set to take place this window, bemoaning the kind of figures being bounded around while his own club is in financial turmoil

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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has conceded it is frustrating that the La Liga giants are not able to strengthen their side as a result of violating league wage restrictions.

Barca are unable to add to their playing staff due to overspending La Liga’s salary limit, the same ruling that forced the Catalan outfit to part ways with club icon Lionel Messi after his 21-year stay.

Prior to the start of this season, the wage cap limit was fixed at €2.33bn – already €610m less than the last year. However, due to the need for more readjustments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the original cap limit was reduced to €2.24bn.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has lambasted the staggering value of some transfer fees this window

Barcelona were ordered to reduce their salary cap by La Liga president Javier Tebas by any means necessary, including allowing Messi to leave on a free.

The gap could widen between Barca and league rivals Real Madrid, who are reportedly on the cusp of securing the signature of Kylian Mbappe.

The 22-year-old has told Paris Saint-Germain he wants to call time on his stay in the French capital in favour of a move to Madrid, which is unwelcome news for the Barca hierarchy who simply can not currently compete with that level of spending power.

The Dutchman revealed as much, when he said: “Every person who wants the best for this club is frustrated, but you also have to be realistic and economically the club cannot compete with other teams like PSG, CIty or United.

“It is like that and you have to accept it. It will last for a long time, it is not a matter of today or tomorrow. I have always said that you have to be realistic and know the situation of the team, the club and it cannot be demanded as in other times.”

Koeman went on to explain how he is adopting a more youthful approach when it comes to the profile of his playing staff, explaining: “You have to know the moment of the club, that we are changing things, with young players.

“Pedri is different at 24 or 18. We are missing six or seven players who can start, we have a good team.”

Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe has been touted with a mega-money move to Real Madrid (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Barca boss addressed Mbappe’s potential move to Madrid directly, as he claimed: “If Madrid have the money…I also want to have it in my team. If you can improve your squad with these players, perfect.”

Real Madrid’s rumoured second bid for Mbappe is thought to be around €170m, a jaw-dropping figure, but Koeman has bemoaned huge transfer fees.

“It seems crazy to me and absurd figures to pay so much money for a player seeing how the world is.”

Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed terms with Manchester United in a deal that though low in cost in terms of the fee, the five-time Ballon D’or winner is expected to earn more than £450,000 a week at United, hence why Koeman mentioned the Red Devils as another club Barca can’t compete with financially.

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