Barcelona have reportedly had a huge bid of €160 million rejected by Juventus for forward Paulo Dybala this summer.
According to the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, the Blaugrana were in for the Argentine and were prepared to offer a huge sum to bring him to Camp Nou.
However, Juventus have no intention of selling their star man, who has recently been handed the iconic No.10 shirt, and were quick to tell Barcelona he is not for sale.
If true, it’s yet another twist in what has been an increasingly curious summer transfer window for Barcelona.
Perhaps more embarrassingly it’s another high-profile player, after Marco Verratti and Jean Michael Seri, that the club have tried, and failed, to land.
The departure of Neymar undoubtedly was a huge shock but it seems the club is still struggling to come to terms with it. Is there a plan? There certainly doesn’t seem to be.
While Philippe Coutinho apparently remains the top target, signing him is a monumentally difficult task with Liverpool having dug their heels in and insisted he simply is not for sale.
Other reported targets have ranged from Angel Di Maria to Antoine Griezmann to Thomas Lemar and then back again. Meanwhile, the likes of Arda Turan, Douglas and Munir are still at the club.
The transfer window closes tomorrow in Spain, but right now it’s almost impossible to guess who, if anyone, Barcelona will end up with.