Along with the uncertainty that exists in relation to Ernesto Valverde's place on the barcelona bench and the potential signings of Adrien Rabiot, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, a new deal for Jordi Alba is also on the agenda for the Blaugrana board.
The left-back has been fantastic under the previous Athletic Club coach during his time in the dugout and, though he's on the verge of turning thirty, he's going through his best moment as a player.
Physically he's more reliable than ever (he wasn't injured once in 2018) and is playing and acting like a captain even without the armband.
It also can be proved by his undeniable and unbeatable chemistry with Lionel Messi, something which has been exploited to nice effect for many years.
Jordi Alba has even received the forgiveness of Luis Enrique, who eventually called him up into the Spanish national team's squad.
The defender's displays have currently put him in a very privileged position at the time of negotiating a new and definitive contract at the Camp Nou.
The defender's assemblage rubbed their hands with glee 3 and a half years ago after his initial and last renewal at the club put him on a wage similar to that of arda Turan, who was the massive cash signing that year.
The decline of the Turk makes the salary even a lot of stunning and, at this point and with a contract that's set to expire in June 2020, the left-back feels inclined to ask for a deal more befitting of a player of his quality.
He desires a contract that would put him on par with Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique in terms of his salary and below solely Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
The game of chess is already underway, although sources familiar with the negotiation do feel that the club could have started talks sooner.
A year ago, several members of the Catalan club recommended renewing Jordi Alba's deal as presently as possible to stop a rise in demands.
There was internal debate at the time as chief executive oscar Grau and president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the most men when it comes to deciding on the distribution of salaries, focused their efforts on improving Samuel Umtiti's contract instead.
They opted to go all in on the Frenchman, given that he had been playing hardball of kinds due to the supposed interest in him from Manchester United.
In the end, he signed a bumper new deal before the globe Cup in Russia, a tournament that he played in and won with his country.
The recent extensions of Busquets, Pique and Sergi Roberto have also all happened before a new contract for Jordi Alba was discussed.
That sequence of events leave him as the solely 'sacred cow' left without contract protection, with the club currently obligated to stump up the cash to keep him at the Camp Nou.
After all, the forward forays and constant stream of assists from the Catalan have earned it.