The two 'cracks' of the 'Juve' that escaped him to the Barça

Published:23/02/2022 - 00:09h

Updated:23/02/2022 - 09:55h

Ramón Planes, former technical secretary of FC Barcelona, ​​assured that the club was very close to signing Manuel Locatelli and Dušan Vlahović in recent months. Lautaro Martínez was also 'in the sights', but finally none arrived

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The FC Barcelona has sondeado to a lot of footballers in the last three seasons, but by diverse reasons have been few the signings that have attained to concretise. Ramón Plans, ex Barcelona technical secretary, ensured in an interview to the journalist Gianluca gave Marzio that the then headed directive by Josep Bartomeu tried to close the signing of Dušan Vlahović between the winter and the summer of 2020. The Serbian, flamante wintry reinforcement of the Juventus, is one of the most contributed players of the moment and this Tuesday premièred with goal in the Champions League in front of the Villarreal (1-1).

Likewise, Plans commented the interest of the institution by Manuel Locatelli, another of the new incorporations of the 'Juve'. The Barça wanted to both to loan by two seasons in 2020, in the middle of the pandemia. The midfield player was in Sassuolo in this moment and the centrodelantero already shined in the Fiorentina. Finally, the 'Vecchia signora' paid 81 million euros to the 'Fiore' by the Serbian and closed the cession of the Italian until June of 2023. Both were headlines in the Madrigal in the gone of the eighth of final of the Champions.

"We think in the two. Vlahović Is very good. We wanted in a cession 2 years ago, but was not possible. Manuel is a footballer very of the style of the Barcelona, very good and that had a big explosion in the Sassuolo. We were near, but the Juventus also is a strong rival, that has some appeal for the Italian players and at the end decided to go to the Juve", commented the ex technical secretary blaugrana. Clearly, the offers of the directive were not the sufficiently attractive to convince to the two 'cracks' of the Series To.

In addition to the two reinforcements 'bianconeris', the Barça also tried fichar to Lautaro Martínez in 2020. The forward of the Inter of Milan came of a big season beside Romelu Lukaku and the culés tried to convince him to play beside Lionel Messi, his mate of attack in the Argentinian Selection. Nevertheless, in spite of the approach between the parts, the negotiation did not prosper. "It arrived the pandemia and everything changed", sentenced Plans.

Vlahovic And his debut 'dreamed' in Champions

The forward of 22 years is having a start of spectacular cycle with the Juventus. This Wednesday annotated his first goal in Champions when hardly they went 33 seconds of the party in front of the Villarreal. His goal is the fastest of the season in the European competition and served to the ones of Turín to rescue a tie in Spain. From his arrival, Vlahović great two goals and an assistance in five parties with the 'Vecchia signora'. Locatelli, by his part, was headline and played 71 minutes in front of the 'yellow submarine'. The turn will be in Turín the next 16 March.

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