The summer transfer window is a little way off yet, but as Barcelona already showed with their capture of Frenkie De Jong, the Catalans are in the mood to do business.
Traditionally, they like to get their transfers done in the early part of the window in order to allow their new signings to bed in before pre-season, though there are exceptions as we saw with Malcom last summer.
It’s entirely possible that the Brazilian will be one of those moved on, so let’s take a look at three transfers that the Blaugrana could be involved in come July 1.Matthijs De Ligt – Ajax
At just 19 years of age, the youngster is already a commanding presence in Ajax’s back line and has been a wonderful captain for them.
With maturity beyond his years, both in a physical and developmental sense, it’s understandable why the Catalans have been casting more than a beady eye over him.
His ability to bring the ball out from defence is second to none, he is commanding in the air and on the ground and with Gerard Pique now 32, he represents the perfect long-term solution at the back for Barca.
Luka Jovic – Eintracht Frankfurt
Another sensational young talent, Jovic is on loan at Eintracht from Benfica, with the Germans having already agreed a permanent deal with the Portuguese side.
Coincidentally, both teams face each other in the Europa League shortly.
Though it’s clear that Eintracht want to sign the player, if a sizeable offer comes in from Barcelona, and it’s believed they’ve already bid €50 million for Jovic’s services, then he’ll be moved on.
Barca’s reasons for wanting him are obvious.
Luis Suarez is coming to the end of his career and could certainly do with rest in certain games now.
Jovic is similar to the Uruguayan in that he is a physical presence who can score all types of goals.
He’s difficult to shake off of the ball, and when he receives it has only one thought in mind and that’s to score… which he has been doing with alarming frequency this season.
In order for the Blaugrana to be able to afford the above signings, and any others, then some players will need to be moved on.
Coutinho has disappointed for the most part since his arrival from Liverpool but despite that, could still command a hefty transfer fee.
A move back to the Premier League would appear to be the most likely with Manchester United retaining an interest in his movements at this point.
A costly error if he is moved on, but a necessary switch if the Catalans want to strengthen elsewhere.