Barcelona’s transfer ban could have its effects elsewhere. Not only are they actively seeking a goalkeeper to replace Victor Valdes but they also have a couple of young players on loan, and no doubt some of the clubs would like to keep hold of those players on a permanent basis.
One place that springs to mind is Merseyside. Liverpool have a goalkeeper whose future seems uncertain in Pepe Reina after being constantly linked with a move to Barcelona – though he is currently on loan with Serie A club Napoli.
It seems as though Brendan Rodgers does not see the Spanish international in his plans for the future after he sent him on loan subsequent to signing Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.
So where does that leave his future? Barcelona seemed a likely option for the Spaniard but if he fails to convince the Liverpool manager he could be part of the Liverpool set-up under Rodgers then he may be surplus to requirements.
Rafa Benitez may be keen to keep hold of Reina at Napoli having worked with him for so long at Liverpool, there is a great mutual respect between the pair and is a possible outcome.
The other is if Thibaut Cortois is recalled by Chelsea after this season at Atletico Madrid as they have been linked with a move for the Liverpool stopper in the past. If Reina were to move to the Vicente Calderon he would be following in the footsteps of his father Miguel Reina, who won the La Liga title in 1977 and was part of their side that got to the European Cup final in 1974.
Furthermore, there were several reports suggesting that Daniel Agger was subject to a bid from Barcelona in the summer for a significant fee - and given that Barca's defensive options are quite short, Liverpool may have been facing another fight to keep hold of their vice-captain in the summer. Also, if the Reds wanted to cash in on Agger they may now find that a little more difficult.
For Everton the case is different as Roberto Martinez has Gerard Deulofeu on his books for this season and has hinted that he would like to keep hold of the promising Spaniard.
Deulofeu has admitted in a recent interview with the International Business Times that he would like to return to Barcelona but has said he is happy playing at Everton. If the ban sticks then Everton may lose the starlet to his parent club, especially if players are going to leave the Nou Camp anyway. It would be unlikely they would get him on a permanent deal, unless for some reason those at Barcelona don’t rate the player as highly as Martinez and the Toffees’ fans.
It could be a loan deal but if not it looks as though Deulofeu’s time at Goodison Park will be limited to just this term.