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Ronald Koeman's job at Barcelona has completely changed now Lionel Messi is staying... so who will be in his starting line-ups as the new coach faces tough selection decisions after a hell-ish summer? Barcelona have had a difficult summer which has included Lionel Messi's saga  Messi will now be staying at the club after a shock U-turn on his transfer request New coach Ronald Koeman still has some difficult selection decisions to make Sportsmail goes through the Dutchman's options ahead of his debut season... 

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 14:42 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 14:46 BST, 10 September 2020

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Ask most Barcelona supporters who they would prefer the club to sign this summer and the answer would probably be Lautaro Martinez and Thiago Alcantara.

Ask Ronald Koeman and he might be more inclined to say Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum. 

Ask the president and he’d probably say: whichever costs the club less.

With Lionel Messi set to stay at Barcelona, how will Ronald Koeman's side look this season?

With Lionel Messi set to stay at Barcelona, how will Ronald Koeman's side look this season?

Messi has returned to Barcelona training after a dramatic U-turn on his transfer request

Messi has returned to Barcelona training after a dramatic U-turn on his transfer request

With Lionel Messi now on-board for next season Barcelona are still tied to his 100m euros gross salary and the dream that some in the boardroom had, that a club would whisk him off leaving 150m euros on the table is gone.

The money is still not there for a lavish rebuild even if Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal complete their moves away and open up around 21m euros worth of salary.

Most of the talk is of offensive reinforcements with a striker reported as the priority. But Koeman watched the 8-2 against Bayern in Lisbon; he knows there are problems in defence too.

Koeman will not be afraid to be his own man as he faces some difficult managerial decisions

Koeman will not be afraid to be his own man as he faces some difficult managerial decisions

Koeman will not be afraid to be his own man. Philippe Coutinho has, for the most part, been considered a winger since he joined from Liverpool but Koeman wants to use him as his third midfielder, when he plays three in midfield, and so long as the other two players in the trio are better defensively than the Brazilian.

He won’t be afraid to play with a false nine, and in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. He seems committed to making Griezmann a success by moving him into a more central position. 

Ansu Fati will be hard to ignore but Martin Braithwaite and even Ousmane Dembele might find it

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