Ronald Koeman Set To Sign Another ‘Number Nine’ To Join Barca This January

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman believes his squad is still missing another ‘number nine’ and has urged the club to sign a new striker in the January transfer window.

The Catalan giants scored only once in a narrow win over bottom club Huesca to kick-off 2021 and have been limited to one or fewer goals in nine of their 16 La Liga games so far this season.

Speaking after the Huesca game, Koeman explained that Barca “…need someone at the top to have more competition and goals.”

As quoted by the Daily Mail, he added: “I trust each player in our squad. But if we choose to have three midfielders there is room for three forwards.

‘With Leo [Messi] we bet on someone with great depth like [Ousmane] Dembele, and we have to choose between Martin or Antoine [Griezmann] at the top and Martin has done it.

“It’s a [number] nine that we’re missing in these games but it doesn’t mean anything in regards to Antoine’s substitution. We have a lot of games and we need all the players.”

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But whether club officials will be able to sign off on any deals until after the presidential elections towards the end of the month could hamstring such plans.