Barca and City officials - including Blaugrana president Joan Laporta and City manager Pep Guardiola - met face-to-face on more than one occasion over the summer to discuss player exchanges.
City trio Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, along with Barca pair Sergi Roberto and Antoine Griezmann, before his return to Atletico Madrid, were all raised. The meetings were held after former City pair Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero joined Barca in Bosman deals.
Sport says Barca offered a series of players for Bernardo, but an agreement couldn't be reached. And in response, City asked about Ansu Fati and offered Sterling in exchange, only for Barca to reject the prospect.
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