Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in France.
The Atletico Madrid striker has been in poor form this season, scoring just twice in La Liga so far.
Despite that, Manchester United and Barcelona are still expected to battle it out to sign the Frenchman in the summer.
Reports claim the Catalans have claimed a march on their rivals by agreeing a deal in principle with the Frenchman.
Griezmann was expected to join United last summer, but Fifa's decision to uphold their transfer ban against Atletico ended any hopes of a move.
He penned a new deal, which saw his buy-out clause doubled from £85million to £170m for the summer window alone.
Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has played down rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona, saying he is 'very happy' playing at Anfield.
The Brazil international was the subject of a transfer battle between the Reds and the Catalan giants in August, putting in a transfer request to try to force a move to Camp Nou. However, Liverpool bosses had no intention of selling one of their star players and were unwilling to let the 25-year-old leave.
Barcelona are reportedly ready to return for the attacker, but Coutinho has insisted that he is happy with Liverpool and at the moment, has no desire to leave the club.
"I'm playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world," he told reporters before Brazil's friendly with England.
"I'm always happy. But now it's important to concentrate on the national team. At the moment I am very happy with my life.
"Every day, I work harder than before to improve myself and become a better all-around footballer."
Coutinho missed the start of the Premier League campaign with a back injury, but has slotted straight back into Jurgen Klopp's XI, with two goals in five Premier League appearances.