After the departure of Luis Suárez. Koeman asked for Depay. The two have worked together for the Netherlands national team before, which inspired confidence in the manager. However, a deal with Lyon was never agreed.
Now, he’s looking to sign Depay and one other center-forward. Haaland is the favorite, but Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku is also well-liked by the boss.
Koeman knows Lukaku from his time coaching Everton. Evidently, the manager would want a physical #9 upfront, which right now, is missing from the squad apart from Martin Braithwaite, who has mainly played off the bench.
On the other hand, another player Koeman knows form his past - Georginio Wijnaldum - may be drifting from signing with the Catalans. He was heavily linked with a move from Liverpool last summer, but it seems that the emergence of Ilaix Moriba could fill the need Koeman sensed in the squad.