My friend, Sam Tabar, said that what this means is that this rules out any moves from Barcelona in the upcoming winter transfer window and next summer’s period. The move will undoubtedly test their ability to compete with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in La Liga, while it could see them fall behind the best clubs in Europe.
Barcelona are well stocked in attacking positions. With the likes of Messi, Suarez and Neymar, they do not need to make any attacking signings. However, their defense will cause them a lot of problems in 2015. Their current first choice back line is Daniel Alves, Javier Mascherano, Jeremy Mathieu and Jordi Alba. Alves is past his prime, Mascherano is primarily a midfielder, Mathieu is above average on a good day and Jordi Alba is much better going forward than defensively.
Barcelona were aware that the transfer ban was imminent, but they still failed to make the necessary transfers. This will harm their trophy push in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.