Barcelona are expected to learn the severity of Ousmane Dembélé's latest injury on Thursday, which could lead to them pursuing a new forward as soon as possible.
The Frenchman has gone down with a hamstring tear and could miss the remainder of the season. If he is to be sidelined for at least five months, Barcelona hope to be granted special permission to sign an emergency replacement outside of the transfer window.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the results of the tests on Dembélé's injury will come back on Thursday, and if things are as bad as first feared, then the club will seek permission to sign a new player as soon as possible.
If they are permitted to do so, it is suggested that the Royal Spanish Football Federation could restrict Barcelona to only signing players from La Liga or even simply players who are currently without a club.
If they are allowed to pursue a traditional transfer, then Alavés forward Lucas Pérez is thought to be seen as an option.
The former West Ham United man has a release clause of €15m in his contract, and it is thought that he would be open to a move to Camp Nou after struggling for minutes this season.
However, Pérez is not alone on Barcelona's radar. Marca note that Girona's