Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that the membership was focused on signing Luis Diaz at first of the yr and even spoke to the participant’s agent a few potential switch from Porto.
However ongoing monetary issues and the truth that Liverpool had been already at a complicated stage negotiating a deal noticed them miss out on the Colombian winger.
Diaz had made his identify in Europe throughout two and a half years at Porto and was within the type of his life halfway by means of the 2021/22 marketing campaign after 16 objectives in 28 video games in all competitions.
Liverpool moved rapidly, additionally beating Manchester United to the punch within the course of, to finish a closing deal value as much as €60m with add-ons. Diaz then hit the bottom operating along with his new membership and has been lauded as one other switch dwelling run by the Reds.
Barcelona did finally land a brand new winger in the summertime switch window, agreeing to pay as much as €67m for Raphinha, who by his personal admission has struggled to carry out at his finest up to now.
“Liverpool beat us to it,” Laporta is quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo in reference to Diaz.
“There was a time after we had been contemplating signing him however we nonetheless had an financial scenario that we needed to resolve, to reverse, and so they beat us to it.
“He is an amazing participant and he belongs to Liverpool and I will not discuss this anymore however sure, I admit it, prior to now, when he went from Porto to Liverpool, we had a dialog along with his consultant however Liverpool already had it very superior.”