The Daily Mail says new Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola views the powerful forward as a key part of his rebuilding programme.

Adebayor has made no secret of his admiration for Barcelona while his demands for a £80,000-a-week deal at Arsenal have received short shrift.

Adebayor is on record as saying: "There is not a player who could say no to Barcelona. If Barcelona make an offer for me and reach an agreement with Arsenal, I would be delighted to go there."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he is determined to keep the striker, but a £17m profit on a player he signed from Monaco two-and-a-half years ago could bring about a change of heart, especially given the tight wage structure at The Emirates.

Guardiola also wants Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb, though the Catalan side are becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of movement on a deal after making a £12m bid at the weekend.