Holland manager, Ronald Koeman has said the Barcelona release clause in his contract has caused an “ugly” situation for the Dutch Football Association.
Koeman is in advanced talks to replace Quique Setien at the Camp Nou.
He has a clause in his contract with his country’s national team, which would allow him leave if Barca offered him the role.
According to Spanish paper, La Vanguardia, Barça will have to pay between four and five million euros to the Netherlands Federation to free up the services of Ronald Koeman, who arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday afternoon.
“I can’t say much before everything is signed. It is about the details now but it could very well be it will be final today,” Koeman told Fox Sports.
“I didn’t expect things to go this fast, and it is not the best timing. It took me by surprise as well but Barcelona is the only club for which I had a release clause in my contract. It’s ugly for the Dutch FA but not unexpected.”
Koeman was part of Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Team” as a player at Barca and later became Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Camp Nou.
He was named Netherlands boss in February 2018 and his contract was supposed to keep him until Qatar 2022.