Barcelona vice-president of sport Rafael Yuste admits the club are admirers of Javier Mascherano - but has stopped short of saying a bid will to be lodged for the player.
The Liverpool midfielder has made no secret of his desire to secure a switch to reported suitors Barca this summer, having grown tired of life in England.
The Argentine, along with team-mate and Real Madrid target Xabi Alonso, has been the subject of intense speculation with regards his future.
Yuste has now fuelled the fire further after confirming his own, and Barcelona's, admiration for the defensive midfielder.
"I can confirm that Javier Mascherano is a fantastic player that personally I like a lot," he told Sky Sports. "But we have not listed (him).
"We have a lot of players who want to come to Barcelona. Mascherano is a fantastic player, of course, but he is today at Liverpool and he's playing very well.
"The future we cannot predict. We are just here today attending the match. He's a nice player - yes."