Transfer market expert Santi Aouna reports that sources close to the Barcelona board say contact was made a few weeks ago for Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez.
Barca’s priority is to sign Leeds United’s Brazilian winger Raphinha but they are also keeping tabs on Mahrez.
The Blaugrana have been interested in the Algeria international, but the recent form of Ousmane Dembélé may change the club’s plans as the season progresses.
With 15 months remaining on his contract, City don’t want to sell Mahrez, a key part of their team, but Real Madrid have also been long-time admirers.
It remains to be seen whether Manchester City will offer the former Leicester City player a contract extension.