Fresh after getting his Barcelona reign off to a positive start with a 3-0 thumping of Elche, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique remains firmly engaged in the club's transfer proceedings this week.
Entering the final phases of what will be Barcelona's last opportunity to do business until 2016, it's understandable that tensions may be high at the Camp Nou as things stand.
However, Enrique has a small window remaining in which he can go about proceedings as usual, with a number of transfers both in and out of the club currently being mooted.
Speculation has gone cold on Juan Cuadrado of late, the 2014 World Cup star seemingly not as sought after as once was assumed, but it appears the Colombian may still be keen to leave Fiorentina.
Speaking this week, per Goal.com's Liam Twomey, the winger refused to rule out the possibility of departing Florence this summer, saying: "My future does not depend on me, there is still time until the market closes, no? I don't know."
Tancredi Palmeri has questioned Barca's need for a player of Cuadrado's skill set, posing the point as to whether or not the upcoming transfer ban will see them launch a renewed interest for his services:
Will this ban push Barcelona to go for Cuadrado and for a rightback right now?— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 20, 2014
Enrique started with youngsters Rafinha and Munir El Haddadi lending their best efforts in attack against Elche, showing that Barca only have a certain depth of senior stars in that position.
Whether or not that means the boss will look to the market or trust in his academy products for the coming months is a question we'll know the answer to in less than a week's time.
Talk of a potential Dani Alves departure from the Camp Nou continues to die down after the Brazilian voiced his appreciation of new manager Enrique.
There were whispers of a possible divide between the two, but Alves has backed Enrique and noted the club can reach new heights under his command, quoted by James Willoughby of Goal.com as saying:
It is a pleasure to work with someone like Luis Enrique, he demands a lot from us and in the end that is what makes us excited. We are working well and demanding a lot of ourselves. The target this year is a marvellous one.
I think the teams that want to keep winning titles always have to be in evolution. We have the principal thing, which is clear ideas that are accepted by everyone. All that we need to do now is execute them.
Alves has long been one of La Blaugrana's biggest stars since arriving from Sevilla in 2008, but the questions have begun to surface in the last year or so as to whether he's up to the task anymore.
As Spanish outlet SPORT have revealed, Alves has a little under two years left on his current deal with the club:
Dani Alves... What is likely to happen after he revealed his contract runs until 2016? http://t.co/2jDoNGrsYC— SPORT English (@Sport_EN) August 22, 2014
Rather than lose their defender for free in two years' time, Barcelona may therefore look to sell Alves before the summer of 2016, but it wouldn't appear likely to come about during this window.
Another transfer directly linked to Alves' future as a Barcelona player is that of Douglas, the Sao Paulo defender whose name has been extensively linked to the Camp Nou of late.
According to Joaquim Piera of SPORT, a €6 million transfer has been completed, with both clubs merely waiting on the right time to announce it as official.
Sky Sports' South American correspondent Paulo Freitas notes the urgency of the deal, factoring in Sao Paulo's need for the funding right now:
And Barcelona's transfer ban means that if Douglas can't join Barcelona now, he will have to wait until the ban is over/lifted.— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) August 21, 2014
@Youngcules I think the deal might still happen anyway as SP need the money, but for them selling Douglas will cause problems.— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) August 21, 2014
Douglas will assume the spot of Alves' backup if he does indeed complete his move to Barcelona this week, but the opportunity will be there to supersede his countryman in the years to come.