The ideal option would be the loan of an experienced player with great touch of the ball
Barça was waiting to decide about the signing of a centre-back depending on Samuel Umtiti's injury. The French is recovering in Qatar while he is thinking about surgery. However, Thomas Vermaelen is injured again and he will be out for a month. This last handicap has accelerated the club's decision.
FCBarcelona first option is the signing of Matthjis de Ligt. But, Ajax do not want to transfer the young centre-back on January. In this sense, Barça will wait for him until next summer, but the club still needs a centre-back. So, the sports manager is looking for a loan. The best option would be an experimented, but not a veteran, right centre-back with a great touch of the ball.
The club is searching in Europe a player with these qualities and if finally Denis Suárez is transfered he could finance the operation. There are some names on the table like Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad, Jorge Meré from Köln or Christensen from Chelsea. However, the club is not 100% sure with them, so Barça is still looking for the ideal centre-back.