Italian Serie A giants AC Milan are reported to have denied Kevin-Prince Boateng a third spell at the club before he moved to Barcelona.
Boateng completed a €2million move to Barcelona from Serie A side, Sassuolo, last month.
The deal includes an €8million option for the Catalan giants to buy the Ghana international if he impresses.
Milan were heavily linked with moves for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fabio Quagliarella and Yannick Carrasco but Gennaro Gattuso’s side could not land any of their targets before signing Polish forward Krzysztof Pi?tek.
According to Calciomercato.com, the 31-year-old was proposed to AC Milan during December last year as the Rossoneri were in the market for an attacking option.
However, the reports indicate that Milan management never took up the chance to make an offer before the player eventually made the move to Catalunya.
Boateng joined Milan in 2010, playing a key role in their Scudetto triumph in that season.
He left after three years but later returned in 2016.