Fulham have made an audacious attempt to lure Barcelona defender Gerard Pique to London, according to various reports on the continent this morning.

The Spanish centre back is likely to be one of the major departments from the Camp Nou this summer with new manager Ronald Koeman likely to reshape his Barcelona squad following their Champions’ League hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich. The 33 year-old offered to leave the club in an emotional interview after the 8-2 semi-final defeat and is due to hold talks with the club’s hierarchy in the coming days.

Peruvian website Libero claims that Fulham were quickly in touch with what they describe as ‘a not inconsiderable offer’ to tempt Pique back to the Premier League. ‘It will depend on Barcelona if they agree to negotiate’ Pique’s permanent transfer, although even if they were amenable to doing a deal the player’s rumoured £220,000-a-week wages would prove a significant sticking point.

Pique, who has made 543 appearances for Barcelona, had a brief spell at Manchester United – making twelve league appearances in four years at Old Trafford – both returning to Spain. He has won eight league titles and three European Cups with Barcelona as well as being part of the Spanish side that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships two years later.