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Barcelona admit deals for Demetrio Albertini and Maxi Lopez are both close to completion.

The Catalans have been looking to add reinforcements to their squad after a spate of serious injuries in the first half of the season.

A defensive midfielder and a striker have long been their priority, and it seems that a double deal is now close to being finalised.

Albertini will arrive from Brescia on a short-term deal, while Lopez will cost in the region of ‚é¼5.5 million from River Plate.

Barca's director of sport Txiki Beguiristain insists neither transfer is complete as yet, and claims Barca have contingency plans in place should either fall through.

"The two options are very advanced and there is a chance for them to be closed," he stated.

"We don't have definitive agreements though, we have to respect the players and their clubs.

"We have to be prepared: if we don't get them, we have to have other options."