Manchester City have been knocked back in their latest attempts to poach one of Barcelona's directors after being rejected by Raul Sanllehi, reports talkSPORT.

Less than a week after the reigning Premier League champions announced the high-profile appointment of Txiki Begiristain as the club's new director of football, they appear to have suffered a setback in the ongoing boardroom revolution.

Begiristain held a similar position at the Camp Nou between 2008 and 2010, and followed Ferran Soriano to the Etihad Stadium, after he was named Citizens' chief executive in August.

But, Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo believe that City have also been attempting to poach Sanllehi, who has been responsible for negotiations such as the deal that took Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal to Barcelona.

Roberto Mancini would have been excited at the prospect of recruiting another influential bargaining tool when it comes to signing new players. But, Sanllehi has seemingly decided to stay in Catalunya, informing City that although he was flattered by their offer, he has no intention of leaving Barcelona.

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