Real Betis boss Rubi has confirmed Barcelona made an approach for striker Loren Moron that has been rejected.
In quotes cited by Cadena Cope, Rubi said the striker was 99.9% likely to remain at the club despite “Barcelona asking for him” and he will “finish the season here.”
Rubi said: “Anyone can sign him if they pay his (€60m) release clause, of course – but the player wants to stay here and that is what is important for us.”
The Blaugrana may be allowed by the relevant Spanish football authorities to sign a striker this month, despite the transfer window being closed, due to multiple injuries.
Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele are both set to miss out the remainder of the season through injuries while Carles Perez and Abel Ruiz were both sold last month.
Moron has scored 21 La Liga goals for Betis since making his senior debut in February 2018 and competes with Borja Iglesias as the main striker for the Andalusian side this season.
He has a clause in his Betis contract that despite having a €60m release clause, although reports have indicated he would be allowed to leave for €30m due to small print in the deal.