There was all sorts of transfer speculation in the summer concerning Barcelona and their need to sign a top quality centre back. Plenty of players were linked with a move to the Nou Camp, but apparently the club did not see the need as desperate, because nobody was signed.
The first choice was Thiago Silva of PSG, but the Brazilian international ended up signing a new contract with the mega rich French champions. The noises coming our of Barcelona after that was that they were not going to sign a player just for the sake of it.
The only other centre back Barca seemed interested in was David Luiz. Apparently an offer of 25 million euros was made, but Chelsea turned it down flat and they are not interested in letting him go this summer either, unless Barcelona meet their valuation of 35 million euros. This seems a bit steep to me, a lot steep actually.
I am not even convinced by Luiz as a replacement for Carles Puyol. The Brazilian has a tendency towards recklessness even though he is highly talented. Puyol was all about defence, defence and more defence, while Luiz seems to have the idea that he is more like a midfielder and will go wandering up the pitch to get involved with attacks.
I think it is time for Barca to think again and look to sign a really top quality defender who wants to defend and will not cost silly money.