It seems Barcelona has been brought to earth by the lack of depth in the forward line, as is shown by the club's attempts to secure the signature of Manchester City forward cum winger Robinho, who has grown disillusioned at Eastlands.
Reports from Catalan paper Sport recently stated that Manchester City's oil-rich owners have consented to the deal to bring Robinho to the Camp Nou stadium as early as the January transfer window.
Sport now claims that there has been further contact between the two clubs in the last few hours as they look to reach an agreement that will see the Brazilian sign for Barcelona on loan for the rest of the season.
Barcelona are reportedly not keen on protracted negotiations and are aiming to seal the deal within three weeks, long before the winter transfer window opens and their contingent of African players leave for their continental championship.
Sport also believe that relations are currently strained between Citizens boss Mark Hughes and Robinho. The manager is apparently still unhappy with the Brazilian's frequently-expressed desire to leave and has given the go-ahead for the transfer to take place.
Barcelona are ready to pay €3.2m to take the former Real Madrid man on loan for six months, with a set price of €35m to make the transfer permanent in the summer.