Barcelona approached Andre Villas-Boas in the summer only for the Tottenham to reject the opportunity to move to the Camp Nou, it has been claimed.
Villas-Boas was frequently linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain - since confirming that he resisted the overtures of the French champions - but is has now emerged that Barcelona were also in the running for his signature.
According to Spanish TV show Punto Pelota, Barcelona made their move for Villas-Boas following the revelation that Tito Vilanova would have to relinquish his position as the club's manager.
Villas-Boas, however, passed up the opportunity in order to continue the work he had started with Spurs, having spent only one season at White Hart Lane after being appointed the successor to Harry Redknapp.
Following Villas-Boas' decision to stay with Spurs, Barcelona turned to Gerardo Martino of Newell's Old Boys as their replacement for Vilanova, and the Argentine was appointed on July 22.
Martino has enjoyed an impressive start in La Liga since his move to Barcelona, with the Catalan giants having recorded victory in each of their eight matches so far this season.
Barcelona sit top of the table, equal on points with Atletico Madrid, but with a superior goal difference.