Barcelona made an enquiry into signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane last year, only to see their advances rejected by chairman Daniel Levy, according to reports.
Barca have long been seeking out another player to lead the line for them, with Luis Suarez now 33, and Lautaro Martinez has been closely linked with a move to the Nou Camp.
The Catalan club president Josep Bartomeu approached Daniel Levy to discuss a transfer, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.
However, any attempts by the Spanish team to lure away the striker were quickly batted away by the Tottenham supremo, who was ‘clear’ that the forward would not be sold.
Kane has already scored 181 goals in 278 matches for Spurs, becoming the Premier League golden boot winner successively in the 15-16 and 16-17 season.
He has also been given the England captaincy by manager Gareth Southgate and was the top scorer at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and continues to show he is one of the best in his position.
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The report claims club chiefs were very impressed by his credentials and pinpointed him as a key target due to ‘his ability to finish, his physique and his effectiveness’.
After failing to land their targets in January, which included Martinez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Barcelona had to make the emergency signing of Martin Braithwaite.
However, Kane has made no secret of his ambition and recently conceded that he would be open to leaving Tottenham if the team fail to keep improving.
‘I’ll always love Spurs, but it’s one of them things. I’ve always said if I don’t feel like we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there just for the sake of it,’ he told Jamie Redknapp in an Instagram Q&A.
‘I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve and become better. I want to become a top, top player, so it all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team.’