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Three things Barcelona still need to do in the transfer window

Arthur & Lenget have arrived but more is needed

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Barcelona have already dipped into the transfer window this summer by confirming the signings of Arthur and Clement Lenglet.

Arthur looks a great midfield prospect, while Lenglet will add strength to the defence.

There have also been departures, with Paulinho heading back to China and Gerard Deulofeu making a move to Watford permanent.

However, the club still have work to do before the transfer window closes.

Choose between Vermaelen and Mina

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The arrival of Lenglet leaves Barcelona with five centre-backs, and one will probably leave this summer.

It’s pretty much a straight choice between Yerry Mina and Thomas Vermaelen, and Barcelona must decide which one to offload.

Mina has barely had a chance to impress at Barcelona but after playing a starring role at the World Cup will hope he has done enough to secure his Camp Nou football.

Speculation claims there are plenty of interested clubs, and Barcelona could stand to make a big profit on a player they only signed in January.

However, he’s only 23 and there’s a sense that if they do let him go now it could be a decision that comes back to haunt them. His depature would also leave Barcelona with only one right-footed centre-back in Gerard Pique.

In contrast, Vermaelen will turn 33 later this year, and his injury record does not inspire confidence. He was pretty dependable when called upon last season, but it makes far more sense to keep Mina.

Focus on the midfield

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With Andres Iniesta gone, Paulinho also having departed, Andre Gomes and Rafinha also expected to leave, Carles Alena injured and Ivan Rakitic likely knackered after the World Cup, Barcelona need to focus on their midfield plans for next season.

Arthur has already arrived and should be a great buy, but he’s still only 21 and will need time to adjust to life in a new country and a new league.

There have been plenty of rumors too with Miralem Pjanic, Frenkie De Jong, N’ Golo Kante, Adrien Rabiot, Christian Eriksen and Thiago Alcantara all linked.

It seems as though Barcelona will look to bring in one more midfielder next season, but they need to choose carefully and it will be interesting to see who arrives.

Sell, sell, sell!

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As alredy mentioned, Paulinho and Gerard Deulofeu have already gone, but Barcelona still have a raft of fringe players who they really must move on this summer.

The most obvious is probably Andre Gomes but Munir, Douglas and Marlon Santos all remain Barcelona players, for now at least. Rafinha and Aleix Vidal also appear surplus to requirements and could find themselves heading away this summer.

But this is the tricky part, finding buyers for players who have failed to make an impression at the Camp Nou.

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