Ronald Koeman ‘set to become new Barcelona manager’ with club ‘rekindling interest in Neymar’

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Ronald Koeman ‘set to become new Barcelona manager’ with club ‘rekindling interest in Neymar’ and up to SEVEN first-team stars set for the chop in wake of Champions League humiliation by Bayern Munich

  • Spanish papers lead on the fall-out from Barcelona’s humiliating European exit
  • Quique Setien is expected to be sacked with Ronald Koeman set to come in
  • Mundo Deportivo report that negotiations with the Dutch FA are underway
  • Sport report that Barcelona could make another attempt to sign Neymar
  • Antoine Griezmann may be offered to Paris Saint-Germain in return for Brazilian
  • Diario AS suggest up to seven first-team players will be sold this summer 

The fall-out from Barcelona‘s seismic defeat to Bayern Munich rumbles on with Monday’s Spanish papers concentrating on Quique Setien’s replacement and a potential return for Neymar.

Several of the papers report that Holland manager Ronald Koeman is set to replace Setien, whose sacking after only eight months in charge is a mere formality.

Mundo Deportivo lead on former Barcelona player Koeman’s return to the Nou Camp, saying that the details of his contract are being finalised following negotiations with the Dutch Football Association.

Monday's edition of Mundo Deportivo reports that Ronald Koeman is set to become the new manager of Barcelona following the sacking of Quique Setien

Monday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo reports that Ronald Koeman is set to become the new manager of Barcelona following the sacking of Quique Setien

Sport also report on Setien's imminent dismissal and say Barcelona will return for Neymar

Sport also report on Setien’s imminent dismissal and say Barcelona will return for Neymar

Koeman will reportedly sign a two year contract though any longer-term stay is likely to depend on the outcome of the club’s presidential elections next year.

Sport’s front page leads on Setien’s sacking following that humiliating 8-2 defeat in the Champions League quarter-final on Friday night.

They say that Koeman and the former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino are the two favourites for the manager’s job.

But intriguingly, Sport also report a potential return for Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain during the coming weeks.

Koeman is the currently Holland manager with Barcelona already in negotiations with them

Koeman is the currently Holland manager with Barcelona already in negotiations with them

Reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona may make another attempt to re-sign Neymar

Reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona may make another attempt to re-sign Neymar

The Brazilian star has long been linked with a return to the Nou Camp and Sport suggest that is a possibility as they look to rebuild their reputation.

In order to afford PSG’s high asking price for Neymar, Barcelona are reportedly prepared to send Antoine Griezmann in the opposite direction, valuing the France striker at around £55million.

Diario AS, meanwhile, also name Koeman was the replacement for Setien and say that one of his first acts will be to conduct a purge of the underachieving Barcelona squad.

Diario AS lead on Sevilla's win over Man United but also feature Koeman's appointment and news that seven first-team players will be sold by Barcelona during the summer window

Diario AS lead on Sevilla’s win over Man United but also feature Koeman’s appointment and news that seven first-team players will be sold by Barcelona during the summer window

Ousmane Dembele is among the players Barcelona could offload in the weeks to come

Ousmane Dembele is among the players Barcelona could offload in the weeks to come

Seven first-team players are for the chop, they report, namely Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele, Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo, Junior Firpo, Martin Braithwaite and Samuel Umtiti.

Melo has already agreed a deal to join Juventus, while Rakitic and Vidal has also been linked to clubs in Italy.

The hope is that Barcelona can raise around £90m from this firesale to overhaul a team that was outclassed by Bayern and suffered their first trophyless season since 2007-08.

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