Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has pleaded for patience with the club’s fans as they attempt to bring in more players.
The Blaugrana have concluded deals for Gerard Deulofeu, Paulinho, Nelson Semedo and Marlon Santos this summer but are reportedly hopeful on deals for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele and Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
The club have come under pressure to speed up their negotiations following Neymar’s €222m exit to Paris Saint-Germain and the Spanish Supercopa defeat to Real Madrid.
“We are trying to bring in high-quality players but they do not have a (release) clause and that naturally leads to long negotiations with their clubs,” Fernandez told Barcelona TV.
“Playing at Barcelona is not easy…it is a different dynamic and players will need to know they are playing games.
“It was important we started well (against Real Betis) following two defeats (to Real Madrid).”