Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of signing in-demand Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi this summer have been dealt a major blow after the player's agent revealed his dreams of playing for Barcelona.
Skysports.com reports how the former Manchester United frontman, who hit 32 goals to help his side to a fourth placed finish in La Liga last season, has his heart set on a summer switch to the Camp Nou.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp identified Rossi as a player he would like to bring to White Hart Lane in the January transfer window, but Tottenham's mid-season advances were knocked back when the Spaniard said he would wait until the summer before considering his future.
Rossi has been a revelation in Spain since he left Manchester United in 2007 after Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils chief was reluctant to let him go, but gave in to the player's demands for first-team football – something that Manchester United could not offer at that time.
He joined the Yellow Submarine for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of €10million, and has never looked back since, with his stock continuing to rise to the point he is now regarded as one of the hottest properties in Europe.
It was highly anticipated that Redknapp and Spurs would renew their interest in Rossi ahead of the new campaign, but any prospective move now looks to have been quashed after the player's representative Federico Pastorello intimated a switch to the Catalan giants was on the cards.
"A week before the Champions League final we were told that Rossi was one of three players who they [Barcelona] were thinking about in order to strengthen the side," he said.
"But things haven't got moving yet and there are no concrete facts at this moment in time," Pastorello told Premium Calcio.
"It would be important if there was some sort of signal from Barcelona at a club level to Villarreal. With an official approach I think the deal can be done.
"His dream is to certainly wear the Barcelona shirt, as that represents a winning model."
Tottenham also look to have lost out on Lille forward Gervinho, who stated his preferred destination would be to north London rivals Arsenal, leaving Redknapp to consider alternative options.