Former Arsenal star Alex Song is reportedly wanted by Liverpool, but the Camp Nou club will not accept the deal the Reds are offering - why?
"Liverpool are still pushing for Alex Song," according to a headline published by Sport.
Having already acquired polarising striker Mario Balotelli at the tail-end of the 2014 summer transfer window, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers still has time to complete further business in the market - and Song "has become a priority".
The Cameroon ace, a former star at Arsenal so he has an abundance of proven Premier League experience, is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and is reportedly available for £10 million.
However, with a £115 million transfer expenditure part-funded by the £65 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barca, the club may be loathe to continue an aggressive recruitment drive.
This could explain Liverpool's offer - a one-year loan deal, thus relieving Song from Barcelona's wage bill - with an option to buy at the end of the duration of the loan.
Such a move does not interest the Blaugrana, who retain hope in striking a cash deal.