Barcelona have not approached Manchester City about forward Robinho since the summer, according to sporting director Txiki Begiristain.
City boss Hughes denied recent talk of a possible deal between the two teams for the Brazil star, saying he was "not in the process of taking outstanding players out of the team''.
Begiristain told www.elmundodeportivo.es: "Robinho is an interesting player who we asked about in the summer. But City would not talk about a transfer and since then we have not made any move.''
Reports in Spain claim Barca will launch a bid for Robinho in the Januray transfer window and that they may pay a sizeable fee to take him on loan for the rest of the season.
Robinho joined City in summer 2008 for £32.5 million from Barca's arch rivals Real Madrid but has repeatedly spoken of his desire to play for Barcelona.