Barcelona have distanced themselves from a move for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, despite speculation rising that the Catalan giants were looking to recruit the Argentinian international.

Barca vice president Josep Bartomeu addressed the rumours, according to the Daily Mail's Pete Jenson, stating: "No we have had no contact with him. I can say that the story is not true."

The comments will please Manchester City officials and fans, who will be eager to hold onto the attacking figure who famously brought the club their first Premier League title in the 2011/12 season.

Aguero has made a fine start to the current campaign and currently leads the Premier League scoring charts, netting 10 times in 12 outings thus far.

While a move would make sense to Aguero's Argentinian countryman and Barca boss Gerardo Martino, Jenson's report goes on to allege that it's the fractious relationship between senior boardroom figures of the respective clubs that could prevent a deal from going through:

Aguero’s agent moved to Barcelona from Buenos Aires this year and Barcelona coach Tata Martino is also a fan, but City chief executive Ferran Soriano’s relationship with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has deteriorated dramatically since he left the club and that would be a major stumbling block to any move.

Ferran Soriano was an official at the Camp Nou for five years before eventually making his way to the Etihad in 2012. Txiki Begiristain followed a similar path to Manchester and now serves as the Citizens' director.

According to Transfermarkt, Aguero scored six goals in 11 appearances against Barcelona from his time as Atletico Madrid's front man.