After the loss in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Bayern Munich, Barcelona were criticised, particularly because of their bad defence.
Therefore the board of FC Barcelona have tried to sign a world-class central defender since June.
Their first choice was Thiago Silva. They tried everything to convince Paris Saint-Germain to sell their captain, but the president of PSG has blocked every effort from Barcelona.
Then they tried to sign Marquinhos from AS Roma, but he preferred to go to PSG to build a world-class defensive duo with Silva. Their new targets were David Luiz and Daniel Agger, but it seems as if both Chelsea and Liverpool have no interest in selling the players to Barcelona.
A few days ago Sandro Rosell, president of Barcelona, ensured that they will sign a central defender before the transfer window is closed.
Other sources claimed that the new coach, Gerardo Martino, is satisfied with his current squad and doesn't think that it's necessary to sign a new defender.
He hopes that Carles Puyol recovers quickly and that he builds again a congenial defensive duo with Gerard Pique. But most of the Barcelona fans are sceptical.
Puyol is already 35 years old, and was often injured last year. Javier Mascherano is a solid alternative, but he's not a world-class defender.
Marc Bartra also didn't develop the way they hoped a few years ago and Frank Bagnack, the talented 17-year old Cameroonian seems to be a little bit too young to be a regular starter beside Pique.
Barcelona have three weeks left to sign a central-defender. If they fail to do so, they have to pray and hope that Puyol gets fit again - and that he remains fit until the end of the season.
Otherwise they could encounter the same problems as last season.
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