Under massive financial strain, Barcelona failed in their pursuit to sign winger Luis Diaz from FC Porto due to Financial Fair Play intervention. The Colombian would end up Liverpool, instead.
Spanish giants FC Barcelona could have signed one of Liverpool’s dreaded front three had FFP not intervened last season.
As January signings go, few come close to the roaring success that was Luis Diaz for Liverpool last term. The Colombian signed for the Reds in a 45 million euro deal from FC Porto in the January window of 2022, scored six goals in 26 subsequent appearances, won two domestic titles, and lost two more by the finest of margins.
However, Spanish journalist Gerard Romero’s latest revelations claim that Merseyside wasn’t the winger’s planned destination; he was on his way to Barcelona after agreeing to personal terms with the club only for Financial Fair Play to step in and block the transfer.
Barcelona, who are under strict regulations even at present, had agreed to terms with both Diaz and the then Fiorentina forward – who would join Juventus in January 2022 – Dusan Vlahovic before the respective deals collapsed because of the club’s financial strain.
However, the Blaugrana still enjoyed a successful winter transfer window, signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adama Traore, Eric Garcia, Dani Alves, and Ferran Torres to lead the new-look side under manager and club legend Xavi Hernandez.
The Spanish giants have continued their splurge in the transfer market this summer, despite their economic struggles. The club agreed deals with Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen for free transfers before the end of the previous season and later added Leeds United’s Raphinha and FC Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to the roster for a significant amount of money.