Ronaldo Koeman Wants To Make Donny Van De Beek His First Barcelona Signing
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Barcelona could make a move for Real Madrid target Donny van de Beek, with potential new manager Ronald Koeman making the midfielder his priority signing.
Koeman is favourite to take over from Quique Setien, who was finally relieved of his duties at Barcelona on Monday following the embarrassment of Friday's 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich.
The Netherlands' boss is clearly already looking at how he can improve the La Liga side. According to Le10Sport, Ajax midfielder Van de Beek is the potential new bosses number one target.
The 23-year-old has previously been linked with Barca's main rivals Real but the French outlet claim that the player is not a priority for the Dutch player.
That could allow the Catalan giants to jump ahead of their rivals and sign the player, with the potential to link him up in the centre of the pitch with his former teammate Frenkie de Jong.
Barca have already confirmed the signing of Miralem Pjanic from Juventus, with Arthur Melo moving in the opposite direction but, in keeping with the hope of lowering the average age of the squad, a move for Van de Beek would still be good for them.
Against Bayern De Jong started in midfield alongside 28-year-old Sergi Roberto, 32-year-old Sergio Busquets and 33-year-old Arturo Vidal.
The club is in serious need of an overhaul, with a change in manager far from the only issue facing the 26 times Spanish champions.
Lionel Messi reportedly wants to leave this club this summer and fellow striker Luis Suarez could also leave, with the Uruguayan actually being linked with a move back to Ajax.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has come under a lot of criticism but he'll be in charge of the club until next year, with elections not taking place until March 2021.
The destruction by Bayern in the Champions League quarter final on Friday night was the third time in three seasons the Catalan side had been embarrassed in their elimination in the competition.
Two seasons ago they threw away a three goal advantage from the first leg against Roma at the same stage they went out this season.
Last year they repeated the trick from the Italian capital against Liverpool, only in the semi-final. Having won the first leg at the Nou Camp 3-0 they went on to lose the second 4-0.
Koeman has a lot of work on his hands if he gets the job but will it be with Van de Beek in his squad, only time will tell.