Barcelona have confirmed they are actively keeping tabs on potential new signings as they prepare for the end of their transfer ban.
European champions Barca have made an indifferent start to their La Liga title defence, losing two of their opening seven games, while Lionel Messi has been ruled out for two months after sustaining a knee ligament injury.
Luis Enrique’s men were handed an 18-month ban from registering new players in the summer of 2014, and despite close season signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal being free to make their debuts, the club’s technical secretary admits they are still chasing more new additions.
Two of the players linked to Barcelona in January are Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Celta Vigo forward Nolito, but Robert Fernandez refused to divulge if either were players they were looking at.
“We have time to think if we sign someone and that is the most important thing,” he told Radio Catalunya. “We are looking at things because we have an obligation to do so.”
“We would be fine without injuries, but there is no denying that these problems have weakened us. We are looking at the possibility of signing someone, but we must be very calm.
“The winter market is not easy. Nolito? He is a good player and he is showing it Sunday after Sunday.”
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