FC Barcelona – La Liga Opted for different signings
Rodri, Gaya, Olmo, Ferran Torres and Fabian.
Ferran Torres was one of a number of players to star in Spain’s 6-0 win over Germany on Tuesday night. The 20-year-old, who moved from Valencia to Manchester City in the summer, scored the first hat-trick of his senior career.
He, like many others in that Spain line-up, could’ve ended up playing his football at the Camp Nou if things had gone differently. Barcelona have passed up opportunities to sign some of the top talent currently in Luis Enrique’s team.
The Catalan club have not had much luck in the transfer window in recent years, but their fortunes could’ve changed if they’d pursued these current internationals.
In July 2018, Napoli paid Fabian’s release clause of 30 million euros to sign him from Real Betis. Barcelona, meanwhile, opted to bring in Arthur Melo for 31 million euros. The Brazilian was a hit to start with at the Camp Nou but lost his way in his second season and ended up being sold to Juventus for 72 million euros in the summer. Fabian is now worth 50 million euros.
It was only this summer that Manchester City paid 23 million euros plus 12 million euros in add-ons to sign Ferran from Valencia. Barcelona also had the Spaniard on their radar, but they decided to sign Trincao from Braga for 31 million euros instead. Ferran could now be worth up to 45 million euros already.
The attacking midfielder spent part of his development on the books at Barcelona until he left for Dinamo Zagreb in 2014. In January 2020, Leipzig spent 21 million euros to secure his services while Barcelona used their emergency signing allocation to bring in Martin Braithwaite.
In May 2018, the left-back signed a new contract at Valencia. In July of that year, Barcelona could’ve signed him for 30 million euros. Instead, they waited another year to make Junior Firpo Jordi Alba’s replacement or 18 million euros plus 12 million euros in add-ons. Ronald Koeman now prefers right-back Sergino Dest if Alba is not available.
Atletico Madrid bought Rodri from Villarreal for 20 million euros in the summer of 2018 before Manchester City paid his release clause of 70 million euros the following summer. Between those two deals, Barcelona agreed a 75 million euro move for Frenkie de Jong.