Manchester City have reportedly received a blow in their pursuit of Barcelona winger Raphinha.
Recent reports suggested they are eyeing a move for the 26-year-old as a replacement for Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian played an instrumental role in helping City win the continental treble last season, but he is ready to take on a new challenge.
Mahrez looks close to joining Saudi Pro League club Al-Ahli after agreeing personal terms.
However, AS journalist Javi Miguel reports the Catalans regard Raphinha as a ‘non-transferable’ player, with Xavi Hernandez counting on him for the 2023-24 campaign.
The Brazilian joined Barcelona from Leeds United in a deal worth around £50 million last summer.
He made a positive start to life in Spain, bagging 10 goals and 12 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions.
The 26-year-old made valuable contributions to help Barca win the La Liga title and the Supercopa de Espana last term.
He averaged 2.2 shots, 1.6 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in the Spanish top flight while boasting almost 80 percent passing accuracy (as per WhoScored).
Considering his impact in his debut season at Camp Nou, it is understandable why Barca do not want to part with him this summer.
City may have to look elsewhere to sign a replacement for Mahrez.
The Cityzens have already lost Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona, while Aymeric Laporte has been linked with a return to Athletic Bilbao.