With reports suggesting Javier Mascherano could be on his was out of Barcelona, and a defence that is already in question by critics, Gerardo Martino will be looking to sign a defender that he can be sure will provide defensive stability.
However, many critics have been quoted saying they hope that Marc Bartra isn't the one to be chopped at the center of defence. His defensive displays for Barcelona have been remarkable and he's only going to grow from here onward.
So, will it be Gerard Pique who will be benched if Martino brings in a defender? More importantly, who will be the defender to replace him? Here are three options which seem most likely for Barcelona.