Barcelona turned down the opportunity to sign Marco Asensio when he played for Real Mallorca, the forward’s agent has confirmed.
Horacio Gaggioli confirmed the Catalan club turned down the opportunity to sign the cut-price forward, who eventually joined fierce rivals Madrid for a €3.9m fee in 2014.
“Barca said: 'No, we're not able.' They lost the opportunity,” Gaggioli told Bleacher Report.
“When they changed their mind after three months, it was too late.
“The offer from Real Madrid for Asensio was 20 times better than Barcelona's in every aspect, football-wise and financially.
“His idol as a child was always Zinedine Zidane, he used to have a huge picture of him on his wall.”