Barcelona were told that they had no chance of signing Nani by Manchester United following an enquiry shortly after last season's Champions League final, according to a report.
The Blaugrana were keen to secure the sevices of a left-sided forward early on after seeing Franck Ribery's price rise, but they had no luck in their first quest, The Sunday Telegraph state.
Nani is seen by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as a key player and there was little chance he would be prepared to let go of the player in the same year that Cristiano Ronaldo left the club.
Pep Guardiola has made it clear that he wants another player for the left flank to compete with Thierry Henry, and felt that the Portugal international could be the answer.
Having been given a direct 'no' by the Premier League champions, Barca have since been linked with several players who could move to Camp Nou and play there.
Shakhtar's Dymtro Chygrysnkiy is one such star, while Valencia's Juan Mata is also said to be on the Catalan club's agenda as they look to add to their treble-winning squad.