Speculation has been rife that the Blaugrana will make a move for the Celta Vigo star but Bartomeu has poured cold water on those reports in an interview with Cadena Ser.
He said: "Recently a lot has been said about the player and the club. Obviously we have a debt limitation and we can do nothing about that."
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However, Bartomeu refused rule out arrivals altogether, hinting that there may be some transfer business before the January window closes.
When asked about possible signings this month, he said: "You never know."