According to Sport, Barcelona are considering offering €25m plus David Villa to bring Wayne Rooney to the Camp Nou.
It is widely expected Villa will leave the Catalans this summer, with sources close to the Barca board having indicated that Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool have all asked about the player in recent weeks.
However, the €12m asking price appears to have put them off and La Blaugrana are believed to be weighing up whether to offer the 31-year-old plus cash to land Rooney from Manchester United.
Barca are waiting to hear the outcome of a meeting between United boss David Moyes and the former Everton man to determine his future before making any move, with the relationship between the pair understood to be strained after their time together at Goodison Park.
Rooney’s €14m-a-year salary may prove a stumbling block despite the saving on Villa’s wages, which next year are estimated to be around €10m.
Nonetheless, Barcelona President Sandro Rosell could be prepared to give the green light to the move as the England international has previously stated his admiration for the Spanish giants.