Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain believes Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will play for the club one day.
Fabregas, a Barca youth-team product, has long been linked with a return to the city even though the player and his club have always maintained he is committed to seeing out his long-term contract.
“He is a player with the Barca profile,” Begiristain told Sport. “He was born here, breathing football. One day, he will end up playing at the Nou Camp, I’m sure.”
Barca are expected to bolster their squad in January with Seydou Keita and Yaya Toure likely to be away on African Nations Cup duty.
With Brazil forward Robinho a possible target, Begiristain raised the issue of Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery moving to Camp Nou.
“We have a great relationship with Bayern Munich and eventually we told them we were interested in signing Ribery,” Begiristain said of the summer attempts to sign the 26-year-old France international.
“Twice we have offered money for him and both times we were told he was not for sale. And it is true, because they said the same thing to Chelsea and Real Madrid.
“If Bayern Munich puts Ribery on the market, we’ll know first. Another thing is the price, of course.”
Begiristain insists, however, that treble-winning coach Pep Guardiola has not put the board under any pressure to sign new players.
“I must say that Pep has never complained or pressured us,” he added. “He knows how the football transfer market is and sometimes it is impossible to sign any player you want in spite of the efforts you make.”