Angel Di Maria has put any potential move to China on stall in the hope Barcelona will make a swoop in January, according to reports in France.
The Argentine has fallen out of favour at Paris Saint-Germain, following the summer arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Unai Emery prefers to play the duo alongside Edinson Cavani in attack.
Le10Sport report that Di Maria has agreed personal terms over a mega-money move with various clubs in the Chinese Super League, but is still hopeful of an 11th hour call from Barcelona.
Luis Suarez and Paulinho are among the leading players in the Nou Camp dressing who have urged the board to sign Philippe Coutinho in January.
However, as he will be ineligible to play in the Champions League, it is unlikely they will pay Liverpool’s astronomical asking price.
And Di Maria — along with Mesut Ozil — is among a list of possible alternatives.
The Argentine is’s frustrations at PSG were made evident, when an image of him sat on ball during a pre-match warm up before the clash with Celtic anger many locals.
Di Maria could join fellow countrymen Carlos Tevez or Ezequiel Lavezzi by substantially increasing the numbers in his bank account, but the lure of Barcelona would be too tempting.
However, should he or Ozil make the move to the Nou Camp, they would be in for a hot reception when they returned to former club Real Madrid.