Chelsea and Barcelona have been involved in transfer triangle this summer, and the Blaugrana have seemingly emerged winners for now.
Barcelona signed Andreas Christensen on a free transfer, and beat Chelsea to the signing of Raphinha and also Robert Lewandowski who was linked with the Blues.
With Chelsea leading the race for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has now warned that the club is going to focus on the defence next.
As quoted by Marca, Laporta said: “We want to make a competitive team, give Xavi the tools to have a good team and I think we are on the right track.
“My dream is for Barca to become a world reference again and we are working for it. If the economy doesn’t recover it will be very difficult.
“We are achieving it, but we have to work even harder. Football doesn’t wait. We have to do it now. With [Ousmane] Dembele, Raphinha, Lewandowski, [Franck] Kessie, Auba [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang], Ferran [Torres]. I think Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff are doing a good job.
“Now it’s time to work on defense. Xavi has us focused on a series of players and I hope that the Catalans can take some more joy.”
It’s yet to be seen if Barca have the funds to compete for Kounde, and reports have it that the Frenchman is open to a move to Chelsea than Barcelona.