Barcelona Ronald Koeman has admitted that the hectic business carried out by the club on deadline was “a b*tch”.

Owing to their crippling levels of debt, the Blaugrana spent the majority of their transfer window attempting to lower their wage bill.

The cost-cutting exercise continued through to deadline day, with Antoine departing the club and Luuk de Jong being brought in at the last minute.

With moves for Griezmann and De Jong having gone to the wire in terms of when the paperwork was filed, Koeman told Sport:

“The aggravation we had on the last day, with practically no time to find a solution, it was a b*tch.

“Griezmann had a great contract and if he left it was going to help improve the financial situation of the club. That’s why I agreed to his departure.”

The addition of De Jong, a classic number nine far from in keeping with the type of mobile striker Barca would normally sign, appeared to many as something of a panic move. Koeman, however, insists that is not the .

“I had already spoken to [De Jong] in early August about the possibility of signing him,” the Dutchman said. “I wanted a forward different from what I had and I thought of him because I know him very well.

“In fact, I was wondering how it was that Barca never had a forward like Luuk. He is going to give us , especially with his aerial game and in set-pieces. With him, we can play a more direct style. I’m very happy with his signing.”

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