Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman said the club’s postponed presidential election would negatively affect his team-building plans as he was unable to sign players due to the lack of leadership during the January transfer window.

The club’s presidential election was postponed from January 24th to March 7th as Covid-19 cases rose in the region.

It’s a decision made with public safety in mind, but the downside is that Koeman no longer has a permanent board of directors to sign all of the transfer deals the Dutchman had planned for the mid-season window.

Barcelona are currently in third place in the league, four points behind long-time rivals Real Madrid in second place after both teams have played 18 games. Atletico Madrid lead the table by seven points over Barca with two games.

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With Barca forced to play catch-up in the second half of the season, fans who hope Koeman can add to his squad for the remainder of the campaign will be disappointed with what happened at the board level.

One man who doesn’t get frustrated is Koeman himself, who insists on rumors suggesting he is upset about the situation.

“I’ve heard all kinds of things that seem to make me angry, unhappy and concerned,” Koeman told the Spanish press.

“I should point out that I am fine and happy. I know what the club’s financial constraints are. If it is not possible to get any signatures, so be it. We will with what we do have to go on. “

Barca have been linked to a nosedive for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia while substitute goalkeeper Neto is about to leave the Camp Nou. But the circumstances at the club mean that Koeman told him to stay seated for the time being.

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“Youngsters elsewhere will take minutes to improve, but Neto’s case is different,” Koeman said.

“His agent asked the club if he could leave but we said no. He is an important goalkeeper for us and we want all positions to be adequately covered.”

Club membership will have to choose between former Barca president Joan Laporta, entrepreneur Victor Font and former director Toni Freixa to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who left the club last October.

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