Outgoing Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick is being talked up as a replacement for Ronald Koeman at Barcelona, with odds shortening on the German coach.
There is a major problem for Joan Laporta, though, and that is that Flick has already agreed to become the German national team manager when Joachim Low steps down after this summer’s European Championship.
One key advantage for the Blaugrana is that, according to RAC1, there would be no contractual dispute as Flick hasn’t yet signed anything with the German Football Association (DFB).
However, the 56-year-old has given the DFB his word and it would take a very special offer to make him go back on that agreement.
Flick’s name has come to the front of the Barcelona board’s conversations as they do not feel the time is right to bring in Xavi Hernandez and, in fact, at this moment in time there is no chance of Xavi being the Blaugrana coach next season.
Other options are also considered too complicated, as Erik ten Hag recently renewed with Ajax and bringing in Jurgen Klopp from Liverpool would be too expensive for Barcelona at this time.
All the while, Ronald Koeman remains Barcelona head coach and he hasn’t been told that he will not be next season, because no decision has actually been made.
It may come down to whether Laporta feels he can find a better option, although he still has some faith in Koeman.
Time is running out, however, as Barcelona have a lot of work to do this summer and finalising their head coach for the coming season must be one of the first pieces of business that they take care of, even if it is confirming that Koeman will stay.