Barcelona directors remain optimistic about signing Manchester City star Robinho in January.

El Mundo Deportivo says while the presence of City boss Mark Hughes at Osasuna for Barca's 1-1 draw did not lead to talks over Robinho, Nou Camp powerbrokers remain hopeful a deal can be struck.

Barca are willing to offer £3 million for the six-month loan of the Brazil international with an agreement over a set fee in June for his permanent signing. Barca would be prepared to pay around £30 million for the former Real Madrid and Santos winger.

Hughes is prepared to lose Robinho, though much will depend on if City chiefs can identify - and sign - an adequate replacement.