Barc have been following him for some time and there have been unofficial conversations, but Xavi openly acknowledged these talks on Saturday and revealed that he himself has contacted the young Brazilian striker.
However, the truth is that the club are not very optimistic about their chances of signing him. The Spanish coach, who was fundamental in other signings, is not seen as enough in this case.
"We have been talking to his father and also directly to the player," Xavi detailed
"We want talent and he is a talent, capable of making a difference. He has the goals, he has the dribbling, he has a tremendous ability to make a difference.
"He is a player of the present, who is already playing in the Brazilian league, and also for the future. I hope he comes, he is a player we need."
The Blaugrana are not the only team with ambitions to bring him on board. Real Madrid and PSG are the ones who are pushing the hardest for the striker, although Chelsea are also looking to secure his signature.
Some Brazilian media sources have claimed in recent days that the French side have already submitted an official offer for the player who, despite his soaring value, will not be able to join his new team until 2024.
Faced with this scenario, Los Cules' administrative staff assume that they cannot compete in this particular auction, says Marca. They are not in a position to pay 60 million for such a long-term project. Xavi, who has been important in other signings, does not have a persuasive enough presence this time.