Barcelona consider Blanc as possible replacement for Setien




Former France coach Laurent Blanc is one of the options being looked at by Barcelona to replace Quique Setien in the summer.

The Spaniard’s role is under threat after missing out on LaLiga Santander and the Catalans are considering alternatives, particularly if the club fails to land the Champions League.

According to L’Equipe, Blanc is a target, with sporting director Eric Abidal supporting the move.

The newspaper also maintains that Blanc is very much interested in the role after being out of the game since 2016 when he left his role as coach of Paris Saint-Germain.

Abidal knows Blanc well as he worked under him between 2010 and 2012 with the French national team, and is familiar with his possession-based style of play which would suit Barcelona well.

Since leaving PSG, Blanc has knocked back several offers, including from Sevilla and Galatasaray in 2017, but at the age of 54 is keen to get back in to the game.

Blanc would be prepared to sign a one-year deal and would want to bring in his assistant Frank Passi alongside him.

He isn’t the only candidate however, with the French paper also reporting that Ronald Koeman is in the running and is the preferred target of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.