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Barcelona's defence is starting to take shape for next season. The club desperately want to bring in Matthijs de Ligt, although his signing is not yet secured, but assuming his arrival, there will be some shifts made in the Barcelona camp.
Since Carles Puyol decided to retire in the summer of 2014, Barcelona have signed seven players with the intention of shoring up the heart of the defence, and finding a suitable partner for Gerard Pique. Along the way, the 'Blaugrana' have outlaid 137 million euros. Yet it was all in vain.
Thomas Vermaelen still has a Whatsapp group with his Belgium team-mates at Tottenham but when it comes to Barcelona's plans for their Champions League match at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, all concerned are keeping quiet.
Barcelona have been dealt another defensive injury blow, with Thomas Vermaelen joining Samuel Umtiti on the sidelines.
Vermaelen suffered an injury in Belgium's clash with Switzerland and his reaction showed he feared the worst as he moved straight for the back of his right thigh. No evidence has yet been submitted, but doctors feel he could have suffered a ruptured femoral bicep.
Barcelona played out to an entertaining draw against Real Madrid on Sunday, however for some this may have been the last time they attended an 'El Clasico' clash in Barcelona colours.
Some players can't get a look in at their clubs but are indispensable when called up for their country. We take a look at our ideal XI of substitutes who could be dangerous in Russia.
The upcoming international friendlies will have Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Manchester City, Liverpool, Juventus, Roma and Bayern Munich on edge. The week after the players return will see these sides going at each other to qualify for the semi-final stages.