Manchester United and Manchester City were interested in signing Ivan Rakitic last month
That is according to La Liga insider Guillem Balague.
United were even thought to have made a £35million bid for him last summer as he was deliberating over signing a new deal.
John W Henry was spotted at the Nou Camp on Sunday night
Liverpool training pictures from La Manga training camp
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I think it is important to know how clubs work and that is definitely not the way that Liverpool work
But Balague has rubbished rumours John W Henry, who attended Barca’s 2-1 La Liga win over Leganes, to run the rule over Rakitic.
“Do you really believe that the owner of Liverpool, especially given the way they are structured, is going to go to the Camp Nou just to spy or scout on a player?,” Balague told Sky Sports.
“I think it is important to know how clubs work and that is definitely not the way that Liverpool work.”
Liverpool returned from their mid-season training camp in La Manga, Spain.
They face Leicester next in the Premier League on Monday (8pm).