Barcelona are considering making the emergency signing of a right-back after Aleix Vidal was ruled out for the season, Luis Enrique has confirmed.
The former Sevilla full-back will miss the next five months after dislocating his ankle in Saturday’s win at Alaves, leaving the converted-midfielder Sergi Roberto as the club’s only fit right back.
Spanish rules would allow Barca to sign any free agents or players who are already registered to clubs in Spain, although they would not be registered to play in the Champions League.
"Aleix has already started the recovery process," Enrique explained ahead of the side’s match with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
"It's now a question of trying to get better step-by-step.
"Whenever a player's out [long-term] and [while the] rules allow us to bring in a new player, it's an option we will look at taking.
"He is a player we will miss considerably, so [signing a player] is something we are considering and if there's an option which convinces us we may well go for it."
Martin Caceres – close to signing for Southampton – is still without a club and played for the Catalans nine years ago while Valencia's Joao Cancelo, Las Palmas' Michel Macedo, Celta Vigo's Jonny Castro and Eibar's Ander Capa have all been linked.
Barca B full-back Nili Perdomo has been included in the Blaugrana’s match day squad for their trip to Paris, despite being back-up to Sergi Palencia in the B side.
"Because I am the manager and I have to make decisions,” responded Enrique when questioned over the preference.
"Nili is one of few B team players with first division experience, playing for Las Palmas, and I make the decisions."