Although FC Barcelona was able to drastically reduce their payroll over the past year, this reduction was still insufficient to provide Barcelona any wiggle room in the forthcoming winter transfer window.
Barcelona’s major goal in the current transfer window is to secure the signing of Brazilian superstar Vitor Roque, but the team will have to put in a lot of effort over the next two and a half months to be able to accomplish this goal.
Barcelona’s situation in the winter window
As SPORT has reported, this was confessed by the Barcelona Sporting Director, Deco, recently, as he appeared for an interview with Mundo Deportivo. The Sporting Director was clear that Barcelona will find it difficult to strengthen themselves in the winter transfer window:
“I think it’s going to be difficult to make new additions. We will always be on the lookout in case there’s an opportunity, but I don’t think it’s going to be possible.”
Vitor Roque’s arrival
However, Deco admitted that there was still a chance to get Vitor Roque this winter but also hinted that his arrival could be postponed till the summer:
“From the first minute, it was clear with Athletico Paranaense that Vitor could only come from January, which was one of the conditions of the agreement, but we will try. We’ll see what we can do. He’s a player we’ve signed for the present and the future, we believe in him a lot, but we have to wait a bit and see how we can work this out. If it’s not now, it will be in July for sure.”
Deco went on to reveal that while he has had discussions with Xavi regarding the arrival of Vitor Roque, no discussions have taken place regarding a substitute for Oriol Romeu.
Overall, Deco was satisfied with the squad for Barcelona but confessed there were more departures in the last summer window than he would have liked.