Barcelona are preparing to make a bid for Juan Mata of Valencia, but they will only make their interest official once they have signed David Villa, according to a report.
The 21-year-old forward is now at the top of the treble-winners list of players to add to their ranks after Barca opted to not pursue Franck Ribery or David Silva.
Coach Pep Guardiola has kept his cards close to his chest on summer signings, but El Mundo Deportivo believes that a left-sided forward is a priority.
Mata has a contract with Valencia until 2013, but he only earns €600,000 per year, and Barcelona would be able to increase that significantly if he were to agree to join them.
His father, also called Juan Manuel Mata, is a FIFA agent who represents player agency Traffic in Europe and has often held talks with Barca in their dealings to sign Henrique and Keirrison.
That line of communication has allowed the Blaugrana to let Mata senior know what would be on the table, and to learn how much Valencia value his son.
Valencia's enormous debts have not stopped them from making Silva unavailable, but Mata could well push for a move to the Camp Nou, which could be the key to any deal.
Florent Malouda was also on Barca's list before he penned a new deal with Chelsea, while Robinho has been ruled out of a move by Manchester City.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com