The Blaugrana's technical secretary, Txiki Begiristain, has held talks with coach Pep Guardiola and the pair believe that Bulgarian could well be the frontman they are looking for, according to Marca.

Berbatov's technique and ability to hold up the play and create goals is something that Begiristain sees as crucial to Barca next term, with Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi alongside him.

Adebayor was said to be the main target, but Arsenal are refusing to play ball and Barcelona do not believe that the Togo striker is worth the £30m asking price.