Barcelona director Robert Fernandez appeared to take responsibility for Barcelona’s catastrophic transfer window saying:
‘We worked on bringing in some players last night, but it wasn’t possible.
‘We have to think about work, it’s my duty.’
Barcelona had a nightmare of a transfer window as they lost Neymar and failed to secure many of their top targets including Marco Verratti and Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho.
Fernandez and fellow director Albert Soler held a press conference on Saturday, during which they spoke extensively about their attempts to sign various players.
On Verratti, Fernandez claimed that he held conversations with PSG manager Unai Emery.
He said: ‘It’s not true that we didn’t go for Verratti. I personally spoke with Unai Emery and he knows that he’s a player we wanted.’
While Fernandez was clearly disappointed to miss out on Verratti, he claimed that Barcelona decided not to sign Nice midfielder Jean Seri as an alternative.
Fernandez also stated that Barca pulled out of the race to land Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez on their terms.
He added: ‘Inigo and Seri are two players that we considered, like many others, but we decided that it was best not to sign them.’
Ousmane Dembele became Barca’s fifth signing of the summer – after Marlon Santos, Gerard Deulofeu, Nelson Semedo and Paulinho – when he completed his £96 million move from Dortmund on August 28.