How have Barcelona got on in the summer transfer window? Here’s a look at their dealings so far and an update on what to expect in January.
Net spend (estimated)
Marlon Santos (Fluminense, €5m), Gerard Deulofeu (Everton, €12m), Nelson Semedo (Benfica, initial €30m), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande, €40m), Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund, initial €105m).
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain).
Players missed out on
Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad), Jean Michael Seri (Nice).
Potential January targets
Yerry Mina (Palmeiras), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad), Leon Goretzka (Schalke).
Players promoted to first-team squad
None, but Barca B’s Carles Alena is regularly involved with the first-team squad
Jeremy Mathieu (Sporting Lisbon, free), Cristian Tello (Real Betis, €6m) Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain, €222m), Sergi Samper (Las Palmas, loan), Marlon Santos (Nice, loan).
Andre Gomes, Munir El Haddadi, Arda Turan, Thomas Vermaelen, Douglas Rafinha.
Players who can’t be moved out
Thomas Vermaelen, Douglas, Arda Turan.
Players due for contract renewal
Lionel Messi (2018) has agreed a new contract but has not yet signed it, while Andres Iniesta has admitted leaving the club is an option as he is yet to be offered a renewal on the deal that runs out at the end of the season.
Areas of squad still with shortcomings
Despite making five — potentially more — signings, there’s still an unease about the Barcelona squad. With Marlon’s loan move to Nice, they’re left with just Javier Mascherano and Thomas Vermaelen as back-up to Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti. Of those four defenders, only Umtiti is under 30. Another centre-back, perhaps Yerry Mina, is likely to join in January.
Elsewhere, despite the arrival of Paulinho and the continued pursuit of Philippe Coutinho, the midfield still feels like a mishmash of players. There’s no shortage of options, but there are questions over quality and style.
Has this been a good transfer window for the club?
The arrival of Dembele this week for a club-record fee papers over some cracks, but, all things considered, it’s been a bad transfer window for Barcelona. Losing Neymar hit them hard and, while Semedo and Dembele may prove good buys, there are doubts among supporters about what Gerard Deulofeu and Paulinho are going to add.
A transfer window should be about improving your squad and it’s difficult to say whether Barca have managed that or not. And that’s before you consider the poor PR which surrounded the loss of Neymar and moves for Verratti, Paulinho, Dembele and Coutinho.
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.