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Ronald Koeman refuses to rule out Martinez, Memphis moves for Barcelona

Koeman refuses to rule out Martinez, Memphis moves for Barca
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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman refuses to rule out moves for Lautaro Martinez and Memphis Depay with transfer deadline day looming.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has refused to rule out the possibility of La Blaugrana signing an attacker before the transfer window closes on October 5.

After being informed that he was not in Koeman's plans going forward, Luis Suarez recently left the Catalan giants to join La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal.

That leaves Barcelona with a space for a forward to come in before the deadline, although the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic have hindered La Blaugrana's chances of making big-money signings during this window.

Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez and Lyon's Memphis Depay have both been persistently linked with switches to Camp Nou, and Koeman revealed that business could still be completed before the October 5 deadline, telling reporters: "Nothing is ruled out.

"But as I have said, I am focused on the players who are here. Barca always has to be prepared to strengthen [the squad]."

Barcelona kick off their 2020-21 La Liga campaign on Sunday when they welcome Villarreal to Camp Nou for Koeman's first competitive game in charge.

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