Ronald Koeman is continuing to ask for an additional attacking reinforcement before the end of the summer transfer window. The club's financial situation means that they are unable to bring in a top quality forward, but they remain hopeful that a bargain will present itself in the last few days of the window. One player who has been offered to the club is Luuk de Jong, who is set to leave Sevilla this month. Koeman knows him very well from his time as the head coach of the Dutch national team, but his poor performances last season are cause for concern.
De Jong signed for Sevilla from PSV as one of the top goalscorers in Europe. However, since his arrival in Andalusia he has flattered to deceive. Following the signing of Rafa Mir, Sevilla are now trying to push De Jong through the exit door in order to get his wages off the books.
De Jong knows Koeman really well and fits the exact profile of striker that Barça is looking for: a central striker. However, Barça's sporting directors remain unconvinced, and they are hopeful that another alternative may arise in the last few days of the window, with any incomings dependent on finding buyers for Pjanic and Umtiti.
The Dutch forward has an offer on the table from West Ham United, although his former club PSV also hold an interest in bringing him back to Eindhoven. If Barça were to sign the player, they could only afford to take him on loan for the season.