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Koeman Wanted £73m Star At Barca

FC Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman was reportedly interested in reuniting with one of his former strikers, but with the player having made a £73 million (R1.5 billion) move just last season, his request was shot down.

Read: Koeman On His Relationship With Messi

With the Dutchman looking to shake up Barca's front line, the club has been heavily linked with Olympique Lyon forward Memphis Depay.

However, it seems the tactician was initially keen on luring another former Manchester United star to the Spanish club. His dream was quickly shattered due to the finances the deal would require, though.

Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku played under Koeman during their time at Everton, scoring 27 goals, and the Daily Mail has now reported that the Belgian was seen as the ideal replacement for Luis Suarez.

However, knowing how much he cost the Serie A club last season, and considering the financial toll the coronavirus pandemic has had on the Blaugrana, the Spanish side's board decided to block the move.

Reports suggest that Barca will need to sell before they can buy – this includes any potential move for Depay – and with Lukaku having a contract until 2024 at Inter, his price tag would be hefty.

Koeman currently has Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite as outright strikers at the club, and if Suarez does complete a move away, he would be lacking depth in that area.

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Lukaku has rediscovered his form since moving to the Nerazzurri from Manchester United, scoring 34 goals across all competitions in his first campaign in Italy last season.

Do you think Lukaku would be a star at FC Barcelona? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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