Barcelona’s tumultuous transfer window ended on Tuesday, and the club is now focusing on other matters, including a new contract for manager Ronald Koeman.
The hierarchy wants to extend the Dutchman’s contract, which is set to expire in 2022, but he must meet certain conditions.
Joan Laporta wants Koeman to stay on as manager, and the club has been in contact with his agent, Rob Jansen, to discuss a contract extension until 2023.
The club wants to give the manager complete control over his squad while also giving him the freedom to work without worrying about his future.
The new contract offer, according to Mundo Deportivo, will come with certain conditions that Koeman must meet in order for it to be valid beyond the summer of 2022.
This season, Barcelona’s manager will have to compete for titles, with La Liga and the Champions League being the club’s top priorities.
Second, Koeman must ensure that Barcelona can continue to play attractive football, as they have done since the days of Johann Cruyff. Finally, the manager will be responsible for ensuring game time for players in the academy as well as senior players whom the club intends to sell in the future.
The report mentions Riqui Puig, a highly rated academy player who is now part of the first-team setup.
Even through Barcelona’s despair plans to sell him this summer, the club wants Koeman to connect Samuel Umtiti back into the team.
The club is hoping that giving Umtiti regular game time will help him increase his market value ahead of the January or summer transfer window.
It remains to be seen whether Koeman will accept the club’s terms, which are loaded with multiple conditions that must be met.