Barcelona made a €15million offer for Tottenham Hotspur target Alen Halilovic, according to Dinamo Zagreb executive director Zdravko Mamic, reports Sport Witness.
The 17-year-old was heavily linked with a Premier League move during the summer, amid reports in Croatia that the north London club had reached agreement over a transfer.
Former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was credited with an interest in bringing Halilovic to White Hart Lane, and even after the Portuguese coach's departure earlier this week, Tottenham are still believed to be monitoring the talented teenager's situation at Stadion Maksimir.
"I have the original contracts between Dinamo and Tottenham where the club would have received €13m, and the player €6m, but he was not ready for that step," Mamic was quoted by Croatia Week.
"Here also is a written offer from FC Barcelona for €15m, depending on Alen's appearances, which we refused.
"And in the last six months, Zoran [Mamic - Dinamo's coach] has been negotiating with Bayern [Munich] and Inter [Milan] about Alen."
Barcelona boss Tata Martino has never openly spoken about his intention to lure Halilovic to Camp Nou, but the quotes from the Dinamo director suggest that a formal offer was made prior to the start of the 2013/14 campaign.
It's not clear whether the Catalan club remain keen on the Croatian starlet, but either way Tottenham will face stiff competition for Halilovic's signature, with rival interest from a host of top European clubs.