Ronald Koeman's initial idea was to strengthen the attack in January. The injury to Ansu Fati created more space in the forward position, but now the debate if if it's necessary to sign an attacker given the club's financial situation. Koeman's pressed for Memphis Depay, the Dutch international playing at Lyon. He is out of contract in the summer but there's not a complete agreement at the club on him.
Koeman wants someone who can play as a No.9 but also wide. Despite that, Martin Braithwaite's form and the number of forwards at the club complicate signing another one. In fact, the club are more worried about the midfield, which is not working despite the options Koeman has and is not using.
For now, the club would only plan to sign an attacker if Ousmane Dembele's injury is more serious than expected -- in theory, he should return next week -- and if the player arriving does so for free.
There's no doubt that Memphis Depay is a good market opportunity as he moves into the final six months of his contract. Lyon could let him go for a symbolic amount. There's a good relationship between the clubs and negotiating wouldn't be a problem in principle.
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Depay reached an agreement over personal terms with Barça in the summer and is willing to take a hit to play at Camp Nou. He's been waiting for the call and has put other offers he has on ice. He's certain he will leave Lyon and doesn't want to let the chance to sign for Barça pass him by.
Koeman and the club have no doubts they play better with a No.9. Braithwaite has shown that in recent weeks, scoring goals and creating space behind him. The Danish international has various Premier League offers but a departure in January has been ruled out save an exceptional offer.
In the summer, if Depay doesn't come in January, it's clear that Barça will sign a No.9 as they look to replace Luis Suarez in the squad.