Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that the membership was fascinated about signing Luis Diaz at the beginning of the 12 months and even spoke to the participant’s agent a couple of 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 title in Europe throughout two and a half years at Porto and was within the type of his life halfway by way of the 2021/22 marketing campaign after 16 targets in 28 video games in all competitions.
Liverpool moved shortly, additionally beating Manchester United to the punch within the course of, to finish a remaining deal price as much as €60m with add-ons. Diaz then hit the bottom working together with his new membership and has been lauded as one other switch residence run by the Reds.
Barcelona did ultimately 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 thus far.
“Liverpool beat us to it,” Laporta is quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo in reference to Diaz.
“There was a time once we had been contemplating signing him however we nonetheless had an financial state of affairs that we needed to resolve, to reverse, and so they beat us to it.
“He is an important participant and he belongs to Liverpool and I will not speak about this anymore however sure, I admit it, up to now, when he went from Porto to Liverpool, we had a dialog together with his consultant however Liverpool already had it very superior.”