Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was determined not to lose Angel Correa over the summer.
Simeone is convinced by the quality of his fellow Argentine and fought off interest from Barcelona to keep hold of the striker.
El Mundo Deportivo says Barca made an attempt for Correa, but Simeone demanded Atletico not consider selling. The response to Barca was they could sign the striker for €60 million.
Correa, 21, was kept on by Simeone this season, despite major loan interest.