Barcelona have denied reports they have an agreement in place for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot but have confirmed their interest.
The club confirmed in a statement on Sunday that they had contacted the French champions twice regarding the players, but there is no agreement in place.
“Relating to the news in France, Barcelona insist we have not broken any rules in reference to signing PSG players,” read a Barcelona statement.
“The only contact has been in August and then again one week ago, and on both occasions we expressed an interest in the player Adrien Rabiot.
“Barcelona will always operate with full transparency with PSG and with all other clubs, and we deny any agreement with the PSG player Adrien Rabiot.”
The 23-year-old is out of contract at the Parisian club in June and has been linked with several top European clubs, including the Blaugrana.
The Frenchman’s contractual situation has led to reports he could leave the French capital in a cut-price deal this January, or for free next summer.
PSG are said to be keen to offload the player at the nearest possible date as they have no plans to reinstate him into their first-team as he has no intention of renewing his deal on their terms.
The Catalan giants were strongly linked to Rabiot this summer but instead signed Arthur Melo and Arturo Vidal to replace the outgoing Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.