Everton manager Ronald Koeman is reportedly the man to replace Luis Enrique of Barcelona as the Catalan outfit seeks a replacement.
An agent of fellow Dutch coach Frank de Boer has revealed that the Spanish club want Koeman to help Barcelona return to old impressive form.
Koeman has helped Everton gain stability and dream of breaking into the top six in the Premier League – a club that struggled last year. The Toffees are also on a seven game unbeaten run.
De Boer’s agent Guido Albers said that Koeman has been attracting attention of top clubs in Europe and that Barcelona is not excluded as they are seeking a change in management.
Koeman, who played for Barcelona between 1989 and 1995, was an assistant manager there as well from 1998 to 2000. He seems to have the prerequisite advantage over others, aside his brilliant run of recent for Southampton and Everton that might get him the job if the club advertises the role.
Koemn has hinted at the idea in the past and might be interested when done with the Everton project.
Albers was asked about the new move for De Boer after the coach was sacked by Inter Milan. The agent ruled out a move to Barcelona then gave a bonus that Koeman is the man that is trending in the Europe for his impressive work.
“No, I do not think,” he said when asked if De Boer would return to Nou Camp.
“Frank is a piece of Barcelona history, but I think the club has in mind other technicians. Like Ronald Koeman, now at Everton,” the agent added.
Enrique is yet to sign a new deal with Barcelona, with his current contract set to lapse at the end of this season. The 46-year old coach might decide to end his time at the club – and even hinted at the possibility last year – particularly if Barca end up without trophies.