They can't sign anyone until 2016, but Barcelona are reported to have already drawn up a list of possible additions.
Although they are currently banned from making any transfers until the summer of 2016, it hasn’t stopped Spanish giants Barcelona creating a wanted list – which is said to include two former Arsenal targets.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo suggests that with the imminent departures of Dani Alves and Martin Montoya, the Catalan side are actively looking at replacements for when they can sign players again. Apparently on their list are AS Monaco’s Fabinho and Serge Aurier of Paris Saint-Germain – both having been linked with Arsenal in the past.
There is very little chance that Aurier will move to Spain any time soon. The Ivorian right-back is only on loan at PSG this season, per the Daily Mail, with the Parisian club expected to take up the option of making his switch from Toulouse permanent in the summer. It would be a shock if they were to then sell him just 12 months later.
It would be a strange full-circle turn if Barcelona were to make a move for Fabinho. Linked with Arsenal by the Daily Mirror after Monaco knocked them out of the Champions League, the Brazilian right-back was once a Real Madrid player, although he was cast aside after only appearing once while on loan from Portuguese side Rio Ave.
Fabinho would fit perfectly into the Barcelona philosophy. He would bring them an attacking edge like Dani Alves, but as he showed in the Champions League, he is a much better defender than his Brazilian counterpart. The young defender is only 21 years old and could easily become a long-term option for the La Liga side.
Arsenal may decide to throw their hat into the ring and were they to do so, they would have the advantage of being able to make a move this summer.