Oriol Busquets is still to settle on a new deal with Barcelona.
AS says Barcelona and Busquets and his representatives have been discussing his new deal for some time now, but have been unable to reach an agreement.
And rivals in the hunt for his signature are only too aware of the situation. Indeed, some are beginning to believe he can be prised away from the Catalan giants.
That said, executives at Barcelona remain relaxed, convinced that the plan they've already designed for the player is spot on.
Despite the threat from Real Madrid, who appear willing to make an effort to land the highly rated defensive midfielder, Barca are confident of securing the youngster to new terms.