Pavard, Rabiot and the six players Barcelona could sign in the January transfer window
Most of the transfer discussions surrounding Barcelona are, once again, limited by financial restrictions. The squad could still use some investment, although, despite Joan Laporta's utilisation of the financial "levers", the money either isn't there, or La Liga won't allow the club to spend it.
That could be a real issue in January, especially because there are some clear holes in Barca's squad. Central defence, for one, is a big problem. Ronald Araujo and Andres Christensen aren't consistently fit, while Eric Garcia hasn't been particularly impressive when he's been available. Jules Kounde, meanwhile, enjoyed an excellent World Cup for France but spent almost every minute at right-back. He might have to play there for Barca too, especially given Sergi Roberto and Hector Bellerin's injury issues.
There is also room for improvement in central midfield. While there's huge quality already there, especially in Gavi, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong, that trio hasn't played together consistently. A bigger issue, meanwhile, is the fact that Sergio Busquets is approaching the end of his career and a long-term replacement needs to be a priority for Barca.
It must be emphasised, though, that transfer activity seems unlikely at this point. Barca are set to wait until the summer to assess their finances and perhaps bring in a player or two on free transfers. Still, should an opportunity come up, GOAL has taken a look at who they may look to target...