Barcelona enquired about the possibility of signing Virgil van Dijk from Liverpool.
The Dutch defender joined Liverpool in a £75m deal in January 2018 and has reached another level at Anfield.
He was influential in Liverpool’s Champions League success last term and has now emerged as the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or.
Van Dijk is regarded by many as the best central defender in world football and Barcelona , who were knocked out of Europe last season by Liverpool, are among his admirers.
But the Spanish champions’ hopes of landing the Dutchman appear slim to none.