As Barcelona prepare for their traditional curtain raiser to the season, the Joan Gamper trophy, manager Luis Enrique doesn’t believe that needing a fourth striker can take away from the strength of his current squad.
Enrique says that “on paper” he has the best squad of his time at the club, and he is not worried about an apparent lack of depth at right-back or in attack.
“It would be ridiculous to pass up the opportunity to strengthen if you have a good chance,” Enrique admitted during a press conference.
“But I consider this to be the best squad that I have had during my time here.
“When the market is open to make transfers, we have to be open to improving, but if not, we will go with what we have.
“It is a squad with the luxury of real talent,” he concluded.
Barca have spent about €80 million on four new first team players — Andre Gomes, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne and Denis Suarez — so far this summer.
Meanwhile, around €15m has been recouped with unwanted senior squad members including Marc Bartra, Thomas Vermaelen, Adriano Correia and Sandro Ramirez having been moved on.