Barcelona boss Luis Enrique asked the club to sign Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid, presidential candidate Josep Maria Bartomeu has said.
Bartomeu, who has stepped down as president ahead of his bid for re-election on July 18, confirmed to Cadena SER on Friday that the coach had specifically requested both the Turkey international and Aleix Vidal, who has already completed a move from Sevilla.
"Luis Enrique has asked for him," Bartomeu said, in quotes reported by AS. "The priorities for the coach...
Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes his former club will progress under manager Louis van Gaal when the new season kicks-off next month, but he does not believe they are ready to reclaim the Premier League title.
Some United fans have been concerned by the lack of transfer activity at the club this summer, with the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven the only significant addition to the squad that finished fourth in last season's Premier League.
Marcos Rojo believes his Argentina and Manchester United teammate Angel Di Maria will cement his status as one of the world's best players in his second season with the Old Trafford club.
Di Maria struggled in his first season at United after a £59.7 million move from Real Madrid last summer, with reports in recent weeks suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich were among the clubs eager to sign him ahead of the new season.