Koeman an option for Barcelona, says Balague

August 16, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman is an option to take over at Barcelona, with current manager Quique Setien edging close to the exit door, according to Guillem Balague.

The Spaniard, who only took the reins from former boss Ernesto Valverde in January, looks set to leave the club imminently following a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, meaning the Catalans finished the season without a trophy for the first time since the 2007/08 season.

With Setien set to depart, there has been speculation about plenty of names set to step into the hotseat including former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino and Blaugrana legend Xavi Hernandez. The most likely to be appointed is another former Barca player Ronald Koeman, who is currently in charge of the Netherlands national side, and can be backed at a price of 9/1 with Paddy Power to be named as the next permanent manager.

The 57-year-old has been coach of his country since 2018 following spells with Southampton and Everton, whilst he has also had stints with Vitesse Arnhem, Ajax, Benfica, PSV, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord.

Should he take over, he would be returning to a club where he had plenty of success as a player between 1989 and 1995. The former defender made 264 appearances for Barcelona, scoring a fantastic 88 goals.

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