Barcelona have moved to end reports that they have illegally spoken with Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint Germain.
Le Parisien are among those to report that the young midfielder has agreed a deal with the Catalan giants after refusing a new contract at Parc des Princes.
The reports claims that Rabiot could arrive in January and not next summer, as reported via various other media outlets.
Rabiot is free to leave PSG next summer, but it could be that Barca make a cut-price move next month.
Before the winter break, Thomas Tuchel, boss of the Ligue 1 champions – was unable to confirm if Rabiot would be with the club until the end of the season, leading to various claims that even if he did stay until the summer – he would face an indefinate period on the substitutes bench.
Barca have since denied that they have started negotiations with the player over a move, being criticised in the past for their approach.
Former player and France international, Eric Abidal, is said to be leading the campaign to bring in the 23-year-old but the Catalan club have officially said that no contact has been made.
“Relating to the news in France, Barcelona insist we have not broken any rules in reference to signing PSG players,” read a Barcelona statement.
“The only contact has been in August and then again one week ago, and on both occasions we expressed an interest in the player Adrien Rabiot.
“Barcelona will always operate with full transparency with PSG and with all other clubs, and we deny any agreement with the PSG player Adrien Rabiot.”
During his seven years with PSG, Rabiot has won the Ligue 1 title on four occasions, whilst also gaining six international caps with France.