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Ronald Koeman is expected to be confirmed as Barcelona’s new head coach (Picture: Getty)

Ronald Koeman is expected to be confirmed as Barcelona’s new head coach within the next 24 hours and he is already planning to tell the club’s board to make Ajax’s Donny van de Beek a priority signing, according to Le 10 Sport.

Barcelona chiefs held an emergency meeting on Monday following last week’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter final defeat against Bayern Munich and took the decision to dismiss Quique Setien just eight months after appointing him as Ernesto Valverde’s successor.

That Catalan giants will have to pay compensation to the Dutch national federation before they are in a position to confirm Koeman’s appointment, but the 57-year-old is already plotting his rebuild.

Van de Beek starred during Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi finals two seaons ago but remained with the Eredivisie club for another year, while the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong moved to Juventus and Barcelona respectively.

The all-action midfielder scored 10 goals in the 37 matches last term, became a regular fixture in Koeman’s improving national side and is available for around €35million.

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has emerged as a key target for Ronald Koeman (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have regularly been linked with Van de Beek over the course of the last 12 months and could reignite their interest if they are priced out of moves for the likes of Aston Villas Jack Grealish.

Despite the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January and Paul Pogba’s renewed commitment, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen to bolster his side’s midfield with United still overly reliant on the likes of the ageing Nemanja Matic.

Speaking after Sunday’s Europa League defeat against Sevilla, Solskjaer blamed a lack of squad depth for United’s demise and hinted that deficiency would be addressed in the summer.

‘I cannot say when or if transfers are going to be done, but we are looking at it,’ Solskjaer said.

‘It is a quick turnaround [until the start of the new season]. We just have to be 100% sure when we do those deals. The players worked so hard, showed the right mentality, but we need to strengthen the squad depth, of course. It will be a long season.

‘We’re going to keep pushing and keep demanding more of the players that we have, but still, we’re looking to improve and it’s a strange one.

‘The league starts very quickly, but then the [transfer] market is open for so long. So we’ve got to be both good, smart and clever.

‘It’s only going to be a couple of weeks rest until we get going again. We have to dust ourselves down, make sure that we are ready and fresh to go.’

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