Joan Laporta submitted a conditional proposal to the Dutchman that could keep him in the Blaugrana excavation after the end of the season
Barcelona are ready to give Ronald Koeman a new contract if he achieves their 2021-22 goals, Purpose can confirm.
Koeman replaces Quique Setien in the Camp Nou chair following Barca’s disastrous 2019-20 campaign, writing a two-year contract on paper.
The 58-year-old led the Blaugrana last quarter to his 31st Copa del Rey triumph and he started the 2021-22 season steady despite major team changes this summer, with Joan Laporta rewarding him with a new deal as he continues.
What are the terms of Barca’s offer?
The president of Barca submitted a conditional extension offer to Koeman in August, guaranteeing the Dutchman a longer rule at Camp Nou, provided he meets the following performance criteria in the next 11 months.
Laporta expects Koeman to continue with the pressure associated with the management chair, which means he must remain a picture of calm in front of the press, regardless of whether his position is called into question.
He will also have to deliver consistent results while sticking to the club’s ‘Cruyffista philosophy’, with Barca’s performance in their 4-2 win over Real Sociedad during the first weekend of the new campaign seen as a solid blueprint .
Koeman announced that subsequent performances in the 1-1 draw at Athletic Club and 2-1 home win over Getafe fall below the required standard, and that he should strive to stay with a 4-3-3 formation.
Puig plays a central role
Laporta also instructed Koeman to give La Masia academic Riqui Puig a central role in his plans, while the 22-year-old found himself on the brink of action over the past year.
Koeman used Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets in front of Puig, but will have to find a place for him as the current season progresses, otherwise his position could be threatened.
What can Barca achieve in 2021-22?
Koeman has a big task to live up to Laporta’s expectations this term after seeing a number of key players leave the club during their attempt to reduce their overall salary bill in the summer.
The club’s legend, Lionel Messi, was the most famous departure, with the 34-year-old joining Paris Saint-Germain after being told his contract would not be renewed, while World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann was sent back to Atletico Madrid in a € 40 million deal (£ 47 million / $ 34 million).
Barca were able to bring Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia, Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay in, while Ansu Fati and Pedri are expected to reach a new level with the help of experienced artists such as Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique.