Couldnt disagree more
The fact that Barca need quick wins and are a sh*t show currently plays into our hands
You either pay what we want or you dont get the good publicity you need for your fans and indeed your best player
No way they are in a good negotiation place as it stands
Barcelona don't need immediate wins. Most of the people supporting that club have already accepted that they have started a reconstruction process that will take more than one transfer window. Nobody is expecting them to win the league or the CL next year. Messi have already said that he is leaving next summer and that he is only staying this year because he doesn't wanna take the club to court in order to get his move.
All they need to do in this window and probably the next two is to slowly reconstruct their team in a smart way without splashing tons of cash at players they are going to play out of position and crap like that.
They are in a good negotiating position. The only thing playing against them is the known fact that Koeman wants him which is not a factor set in stone. He could turn around and say I don't need him to the point where we pay the price they ask if its not one we want to pay. They are not in dire need for Gini. Its a sh*t show with or without him in the team. I don't see what are the strings we could pull on, to play hardball here. Unless we are applying a ''pay the price asked or wait a year'' policy then I think they have the upper hand on this one.
Caveat: Michael Edwards is very good at his job so who knows. We might end up selling for a price that surprises us all. Edit:
When I say ''pay the price asked or wait a year'' policy I basically mean us not being bothered losing him on a free. If that's the case then sure we have the upper hand but I do wonder if that is indeed the case.