Barcelona vice president Eduard Romeu has hit out at La Liga chief Javier Tebas for his public statements on their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski.
Tebas recently stressed that it is financially impossible for Barcelona to sign Lewandowski, insisting the Blaugrana have breached the league's economic rules and must make significant budget cuts before they can even think about signing the Bayern Munich striker.
Mundo Deportivo recently reported that Tebas' comments had concerned Lewandowski's agent, who is said to have called Barcelona for an explanation as the Poland international was worried about the situation.
Now, Romeu has confessed to MD that Tebas' involvement has created a handful of problems.
"We were also meeting in the board of directors when these statements were released," Romeu said. "We found out from the reaction of the player's representatives who, logically alarmed, contacted us and we had no choice but to react."
He continued: "There was concern because, logically, if the establishment that has to decide something about a player's participation in the league says something like this, it is really worrying. We see it as an interference.
"In the end, we understand that La Liga is there to defend the interests of the different clubs, including Barça. We're not asking for preferential treatment, nothing different from anyone. We are simply asking for equal conditions, nothing more."
Listen now to 90min's brand new podcast, Talking Transfers, with Scott Saunders, Graeme Bailey & Toby Cudworth. This week Harry Symeou steps in for Scott and the trio discuss the futures of Bukayo Saka, Rafael Leao, Romelu Lukaku, Kalvin Phillips, Youri Tielemans, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Raphinha, Gabriel Jesus and more.
Romeu's comments, which included that Barcelona 'feel unloved' by La Liga, came shortly after club president Joan Laporta urged Tebas to mind his own business.
"Given the statements by the president of the League saying that we cannot sign a player, I would like to remind him that his duties are to watch over the Professional Football League and the clubs," Laporta responded.
"So I ask that you refrain from commenting on whether or not we can sign a certain player, because that clearly harms the interests of FC Barcelona."