It will be interesting to see if Barcelona follow through on a number of deals before the closure of the January transfer window.
This time last year, the Catalans were sat twiddling their thumbs and unable to buy any players because of their own FIFA transfer ban - a fate that has befallen both Madrid teams this year.
Luis Enrique has identified one player in particular who he wants and negotiations appear to still be ongoing, even if there is a sticking point or two.
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Let's take a look at three deals which could happen before the end of January.
For a while now Barca manager Enrique has made it clear that Nolito is his preferred signing.
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A player who worked for Lucho at Barca B and again at Celta Vigo, the Spaniard is evidently seduced by the idea of returning to Camp Nou.
Despite interest from Arsenal, reports as per Sport suggest the player is ignoring the north Londoners' interest in favour of Catalonia.
The sticking point is the price. A meagre €18m buyout seems too expensive for the Blaugrana due to an uplift in Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez's contracts.
Selling before they can buy seems the only way to secure the services of the Celta hit man.
DOUGLAS TO SPORTING GIJON
One of the strangest Barcelona transfers in recent times was that of Douglas from Sao Paulo to the Catalans.
At the time, supporters of the Brazilian club insisted the right-back wasn't good enough for their own club, let alone one of Barca's prestige.
Their thoughts appeared spot on as the 25-year-old made less than half a dozen appearances during Messi and co.'s treble winning season, yet still ended up with medals for all three competitions.
After injury curtailed his limited progress this season, Barca began looking for a club to loan him to - and Sporting Gijon appear to be that club.
Their manager, ex-Barca player Abelardo, already has Alen Halilovic on loan from his old club, and now appears to be prepared to give Douglas a new lease of life.
Another ex-Barcelona B player told by Enrique that the club want to sign him as quickly as possible, according to Lluis Miguelsanz of Sport.
Villarreal's Denis Suarez has been around the houses over the last few years, from Manchester City's development squad to Barca B, then on loan to Sevilla and eventually to the Yellow Submarine.
Such has been his level of performance at El Madrigal, however, that Enrique wants to acquire his services now to save any other clubs getting their claws in.