The club’s presidential election has been pushed back from January 24 to March 7 due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in the region.

It’s a decision that has been taken with public safety in mind, but the downside is that it leaves Koeman without a permanent board in place to sign off any transfer deals the Dutchman had targeted for the mid-season window.

Barcelona currently sit third in La Liga, four points behind longtime rivals Real Madrid in second after both teams have played 18 matches. Atletico Madrid top the table, seven points ahead of Barca with two games in hand.

But with Barca forced to play catchup in the second half of the season, fans hoping Koeman could strengthen his squad for the remainder of the campaign look set to be disappointed due to the goings-on at board level.

One man who isn’t letting it frustrate him is Koeman himself, who insists rumors suggested he is upset at the situation are wide of the mark.

“I’ve heard all sorts of things, that I’m apparently annoyed, unhappy and worried,” Koeman told the Spanish press.

“I should point out that I’m fine, and happy. I know what the club’s financial limitations are. If it’s not possible to make any signings, so be it. We’ll move forward with what we have.”

Barca had been linked with a swoop for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia, while backup goalkeeper Neto is believed to be wanting to leave the Camp Nou. But the circumstances at the club mean Koeman has told him that he will have to stay put for the time being.

“Youngsters will go and get minutes elsewhere in order to improve, but Neto’s case is different,” said Koeman.

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

The club’s membership has to choose between former Barca president Joan Laporta, entrepreneur Victor Font and former director Toni Freixa to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned from the club last October.

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