Barcelona saw their midfield gutted in the summer as two key players disappeared to Asia.
The first was club legend Andres Iniesta, who said goodbye to Camp Nou after 16 sensational years in Barca's first-team.
While Arthur Melo has come in and somewhat filled the gap immediately, actually replacing what Iniesta brought the Catalan club is impossible.
The other midfielder to leave was Paulinho - although this one was more of a shock.
We'd known for quite some time that Iniesta was one his way out but Paulinho had only just arrived the previous summer and then put in a decent World Cup.
Still, back to China he went and Arturo Vidal was signed as his replacement - but one that doesn't appear to be suitable, given his very limited opportunities so far.
Add to that the fact that Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets are both in their thirties and you can see why Barcelona have been looking at new midfielders.
It hasn't exactly been a secret that Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot and Ajax's Frenkie de Jong are at the top of that list, but problems with both moves have got Barca looking elsewhere.
According to Marca, the Catalonian's are still yet to get any go-ahead with a move for Rabiot, whose contract expires in the summer, and so any January move is looking less and less likely.
The problem with De Jong, however, also involves PSG as their interest, along with Manchester City's, has pushed the Dutchman's price so high that Barca are losing all hope.
Villarreal's Pablo Fornals has emerged as the new target - the 22-year-old has a buyout clause of 25 million euros and the clubs making interest known are Fulham and West Ham United, both of whom Barca won't have any trouble bypassing.
Fornals may not have been at the very top of the list but with Barca wanting to be realistic, he may be the midfielder for them.