Barcelona have moved quickly to quell reports that they are actively pursuing interest in Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, quashing rumours that the Argentine forward wants to join the Catalan giants next summer.
Aguero was reported by Spanish publication Sport this morning to have told City boss Manuel Pellegrini that he is considering his future, alerting Barca to the possibility of a £50m swoop in the close season.
Barca vice-president Josep Bartomeu has made a swift effort to refute any claims of contact between the two parties, stating adamantly that the transfer story is without basis.
Bartomeu quoted by the Daily Mail to have said: "No we have had no contact with him. I can say that the story is not true."
The 25-year-old has been in sensational form at the Etihad so far this season, scoring 16 goals in 17 appearances across all competitions.
Since joining City from Atletico Madrid the diminutive powerhouse has maintained a consistently high level of performance, scoring 45 goals in 75 Premier League outings.
Lionel Messi is thought to be keen on linking up with his international strike partner at the Camp Nou, but will seemingly be frustrated in a bid to bring his Argentine colleague back to La Liga for the time being at least.