Manchester United were informed of Barcelona's bid for Memphis Depay due to a clause negotiated into his Old Trafford exit.
The Dutchman, 26, flopped in the Premier League but has since flourished in France with Lyon.
Barcelona have launched a bid for his services, and it appears Depay will reunite with Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp this summer.
The Spanish outfit have reportedly agreed a €30m deal for the attacker, which means United will have been contacted by Lyon.
That's because United put a buy-back clause in the 2017 deal which saw the player leave England to revive his career in France.
While the Red Devils don't get first refusal on the attacker, they must be notified if another club makes an offer for his services.
"It's true that Manchester United have a priority to buy back Memphis," Lyon chief Juninho told OLTV last year.
"These things exist in football. But until now, we've not received anything on Memphis.
"Each time there's only a year left on a contract, the conversation over a renewal becomes rather difficult. But I think that he's really happy in Lyon at the moment."
Speaking to Dutch outlet NOS , Depay, whose contract expires at the end of the season, said of speculation over his future: "I never said I want to leave. When I say something, it is often distorted.
"I still have a one-year contract, I am captain, and we have a good team. We have shown that. I feel good about myself but also have my dreams. I have always expressed that too.”
A move to Barca would see Depay team up with Ronald Koeman, who left his post with the Netherlands to take over at Nou Camp.
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When asked about the Barcelona links, he replied: “I’m focused on Lyon, I'm happy to be back.
"I haven't spoken to Koeman.
"I can dream about big clubs, we will see what will happen but for now I'm here."
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