Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has admitted that he hopes to start the season without joining his squad.
It was speculated that the LaLiga team was close to a deal for Lyon’s Memphis Depay.
However, Barça does not have enough money to bring in new players.
“We are working towards the new season and I think we will approach it with the same group of players that we have now for the preseason,” Koeman told Fox Sports Netherlands.
Barcelona’s financial situation, which has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, means that they desperately need to sell players and reduce the wage bill.
The Catalans had hoped to sell Samuel Umtiti, Rafinha and Jean-Clair Todibo, but have yet to find buyers.
On several occasions this summer, Barça have been open to offers for Nelson Semedo, Junior Firpo and Philippe Coutinho. But Coutinho now seems willing to stay and play with Koeman.
Barça’s wage bill is the highest in football, with more than € 507 million budgeted for sports salaries last season, according to the club’s most recent financial report.