La Liga: 1 surprise name arises as FC Barcelona’s 5-man list to replace Ronald Koeman is released- FC Barcelona’s 5-man managerial shortlist has been revealed and according to reports, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is included to lead the Blaugranas. Furthermore, it is also being said that Barcelona cannot afford to sack Ronald Koeman because of their financial restrictions and the amount of money they would have to pay to the Dutch manager if they decide to fire him.
Barcelona’s unfortunate economics have been laid exposed as they have been given just a €98million (£85m) salary cap by LaLiga for the 2021-22 season. It amounts to a seventh of Real Madrid’s €739m (£638m) allocation.
Barcelona Salary Cap 2021- La Liga has long held firm on their position that they would not make a distinctive authorization for Barcelona and that was confirmed with salary cap figures for all 20 top-flight clubs exhibited on Wednesday.
La Liga’s salary caps for this season. The situations at Barcelona and Valencia are far, far worse than feared/reported. pic.twitter.com/UmJkx0WCRj
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) September 28, 2021
La Liga: Others shortlisted to become the new Barcelona manager:
According to El Nacional, Klopp is on their shortlist to follow Koeman with Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag and club legend Xavi Hernandez, who had been in charge of Qatari side Al Sadd since retiring in 2019.
Klopp has a contract at Anfield under 2024 and it would be a shock for him to swap Merseyside for Catalonia and inherit the chaos after six years at Liverpool.
But sacking Koeman would be even more costly than usual severance packages, as per ESport3 via Diario AS, there is a clause in his contract which states that his employers must pay €6 million (£5.1m) to him if his contract does not do not go beyond two years, having signed it in 2020.
FC Barcelona thrashed by SL Benfica
Benfica routed struggling Barcelona 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, ending a 60-year winless streak against the Catalan club and handing Barcelona a second consecutive loss to start its European campaign.
Darwin Nuñez scored twice — including three minutes into the match — and Rafa Silva added another goal at the Stadium of Light to give Benfica its second victory in eight matches against the Spanish powerhouse, which had opened with a demoralizing 3-0 home loss against Bayern Munich.
Post-match, Koeman admitted: “I’m not going to argue about the level of my team. There’s no point in comparing this with Barcelona teams of years gone by. That’s as clear as water.” He added: “I can only give you my opinion of my work at the club – I feel backed by my players and their attitude.“