Ronald Koeman has reportedly turned down the chance to sign Atalanta center-back Cristian Romero and Lille midfielder Renato Sanches for Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
The Catalan giants had considered trying to bring in both players, despite the club’s financial difficulties, but Koeman insisted he was not interested in having either in his squad, as reported by Diario AS.
Koeman was not keen on Romero as the club has already brought in Eric Garcia on a free transfer from Manchester City this summer. The Catalans also have Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza, and Clement Lenglet in the squad. Koeman is also aware Barca is trying to offload center-back Samuel Umtiti this summer too.
The possibility of signing Sanches has also been rejected by Koeman. The midfielder enjoyed a strong Euro 2020 with Portugal and was seen as a “good market opportunity” by Barcelona.