Reports: Barcelona name River Plate manager, Marcelo Gallardo as Valverde replacement

Reports: Barcelona name River Plate manager, Marcelo Gallardo as Valverde replacement

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 01: Marcelo Gallardo head coach of River Plate celebrates the victory after the semi final first leg match between River Plate and Boca Juniors as part of Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2019 at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti on October 01, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Barcelona already identified Valverde’s replacement as TNT sports points to River Plate manager, Marcelo Gallardo.

The Spanish Champions have reportedly pinpointed a successor for Ernesto Valverde and TNT Sports claims its River Plate manager, Marcelo Gallardo.

Barcelona have long been expected to replace Ernesto Valverde who has failed to produce pleasant results for the Catalans as Barcelona are yet to recover from the bad start of the season.

Marcelo Gallardo has in the past received several other mega money offers but he decided to stay in his home country, Argentina.

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It’s believed that Gallardo will do better in utilizing all the human resources provided by the Catalans to bring victory to the club since Valverde has failed to do this.

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But Barcelona would have to battle out with the Argentine side if they are to take Gallardo and also Lionel Messi’s influence should make the bid more easier considering Gallardo is his countryman.

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Gallardo and his men defeated fellow top league contenders, Boca Juniors 2-0 in the first leg of the 2019 Copa Libertadores semi-final and hoping to retain the trophy after beating Boca Juniors in 2018.

Secondly, Marcelo Gallardo still has a contract that binds him to the Núñez based club until 2021 which would roughen the process of him leaving, if the reports are true.

Valverde has just limited time to protect his job at Catalonia as only significant improvements would have him remain at the club.

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