One month before the opening of the mid-season transfer window in Europe, Barcelona is dealing with shortcomings in the squad, campaigns not convincing so far, and financial difficulties to hire, considering the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has made it clear what he wants: a defender and a center forward. It is a good starting point, but Barcelona also has no players capable of forming the line of two in Koeman’s 4-2-3-1. However, they are more likely to address this area in the next window.

Barcelona is currently without a president, a functional council, or even a long-term sports strategy, hardly the ideal conditions to try to seduce any coveted player in the market. A possible return to Spain for Bayern midfielder/defender Javi Martínez would add at least some experience and presence for Koeman’s team.

The big question is about Lionel Messi. The Argentine is free to negotiate with clubs outside Spain in January, with the deal closed in June. As for negotiations with Barça, however, the Catalan club must wait until January 24, when a new president will be elected, to talk to Messi.