Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu held unsuccessful discussions with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy last year about signing Harry Kane, according to a report.
The LaLiga giants have enjoyed the form of several high-profile forwards in recent seasons, with Neymar and Luis Suarez – among others – joining Lionel Messi in the side.
Suarez, who joined from Liverpool in 2014, has a Barcelona record that speaks for itself – 191 goals in 270 games – but his progress has stalled since last August due to calf, ankle and knee problems.
Indeed, the 33-year-old Uruguayan international remains sidelined after undergoing knee surgery in January and Mundo Deportivo claims that Barca began looking for his successor ahead of this season.
The Spanish publication claims that Kane was the “most desired” target among Barcelona’s coaches, which led Bartomeu to phone his Tottenham counterpart Levy and discuss the England captain’s availability.
In response, Levy was “clear” that Kane was not for sale and told the Barcelona president that he would have to pay a “prohibitive and off-market price” for the attacker.
Kane has scored 181 goals for Tottenham – including 136 in the Premier League – and also has experience of playing in a Champions League final, a competition in which he has netted 20 times.
The striker has been linked with a move away in the upcoming transfer window, having admitted earlier in the season that he could leave if the club’s progress does not match his own ambitions.
Kane – like the rest of the Spurs squad – is yet to win a trophy at the club having come closest to the Premier League title in 2016 and being on the losing side of a League Cup final and an FA Cup semi-final, as well as the defeat to Liverpool in Madrid.
In other news, former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has told the Red Devils that they should sign Kane’s teammate, Son Heung-min.