BARCELONA

Barcelona: nothing in the January transfer window kitty

Barça are keen to bring in a right-back, with Shakhtar Donetsk's Darijo Srna top of their list - but will have to sell before they can buy. Barcelona-Alaves live

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Barcelona head into the January window set to keep the purse strings tightly shut. That's because, although the plan is to try to strengthen at right-back, the transfer coffers at the Camp Nou are decidedly bare.

Barça are expected to have to sell before they can buy - with Aleix Vidal the prime candidate to go if they do seek to raise cash.

The reassuring message coming out of Barça is that "making a [financial] effort is always possible". However, it's understood that the word behind closed doors at the Catalan outfit is that there is no money to spend on signings.

Barcelona after Srna - if they can get him on a free

So with Barça keen to bring in veteran full-back Darijo Srna from Shakhtar Donetsk, they need the ex-Croatia captain, who is under contract until June 2017, to help persuade the Ukrainians to let him leave for free this winter.

Barcelona's only means of boosting their transfer kitty is to sell players not in coach Luis Enrique's plans, with outcast Aleix Vidal - who has made just four first-team appearances this season - the only real candidate.