The club sent an official statement denying TV3 reports
Barcelona has not contacted with Athletic Club and his manager, Ernesto Valverde, as TV3 had reported on Friday. The Catalan club released a statement denying this matter:
"FC Barcelona denies having asked any permission to Athletic Club to negotiate the signing of their manager Ernesto Valverde, as informed by TV3. The club denies that Robert Fernandez has spoken with Ernesto Valverde in the past days to negoatiate his signing for FC Barcelona".